This election season could provide an interesting example on the power of campaign funding.

This election season could provide an interesting example on the power of campaign funding. Or, more specifically, the effect it has when one candidate is well-funded and the other, well, isn’t.
In the race for Kansas House District 2, incumbent Rep. Bob Grant, D-Cherokee, has more than 1,000 times the money in hand that his opponent, Jeffrey Locke, R-Arma, has. Grant started this finance period with more than $45,000. He raised more than $11,000. He spent $13,410 and has about $43,200 in hand heading into the general election.
Meanwhile, Locke raised close to $550, before spending just under $513. He has about $42 in hand.
Campaign finance numbers were due in to the county, and the state Monday. The reporting period ran from Jan 1. to July 24.
Most of the other races feature closer balance.
In the three-person race for the 13th District Kansas Senate Seat, Bob Marshall, R-Fort Scott, raised the most money. He raised more than $38,000 and spent nearly $31,000. His opponent in the primary election, Jake LaTurner, R-Pittsburg, started the reporting period with more than $4,000. He raised an additional $14,660, then spent more than $17,100. He has close to $1,600 on hand. Patty Horgan, D-Pittsburg, raised $10,600 and had no expenditures. Larry Monaghan’s report was not in.
Rep. Julie Menghini, D-Pittsburg, started with more than $25,780. She raised more than $3,600 and spent $5,206. She has more than $24,180 in hand. Her opponent, Thomas Price, R-Pittsburg, had not filed a report.
Funding among the four Democrats running for County Commission was pretty tight. Vince Saia raised $2,400, then spent $1,259.57. He has $1,140.43 in hand.
Linda Grilz received $4,055 in contributions and spent more than $1,800. She’ll have $2,253.04 in hand. John Kovacic raised $5,450 and spent less than $4,500. He has about $1,000 in hand. Chuck Ales had yet to turn in his form by press time Tuesday.
Michael Gayoso Jr. held the lead in the Crawford County Attorney funding race. Gayoso raised $2,575 and has spent $1,586.60 . He has $988.40 in hand. Incumbent county attorney John Gutierrez started with $669, then raised $175 before spending $1,615. He’s $771.65 in the hole.
Carol Williams, Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission executive director, said candidates had until today to file before they’d receive a certified failure to file notice. They have five days after receiving that notice to file, or they can face criminal charges, or a fine of up to $5,000.
“They still have time,” Williams said. “But there’s not much time.”

Kevin Flaherty can be reached at kevin.flaherty@morningsun.net or by calling 231-2600 Ext. 134