TOPEKA - Today during debate on Senate Bill 127, Rep. John Rubin (R-Shawnee), proposed an amendment to increase campaign contribution limits.  The amendment also allows political candidates to transfer campaign funds from one campaign account to another.  

Under Rubin’s amendment, State House candidates may now accept a maximum of $750 from donors, as opposed to $500. State Senate candidates may now accept a maximum of $1,500 from donors, as opposed to $1000.

“Instead of creating new jobs and fixing the economy, House Republicans are focused on finding new ways to give themselves a leg up in the next election,” said House Democratic Leader Paul Davis (D-Lawrence).  “Many Republicans campaigned on making government more responsive to the people.  Instead, they just voted to give incumbent officeholders an even larger advantage in legislative campaigns and to give special interests more influence in these campaigns.”

The Rubin Amendment also allows candidates to transfer funds from one campaign account to another.  For example, a legislative candidate who decides to run for statewide office would be permitted to use those funds for the statewide race, even though the donor contributed the money with the intention of its use in the legislative race.  This is an unfair, unneeded change in campaign finance law.  

“House Republicans just opened up the flood gates for more special interest influence and less competitive races,” said Rep. Nile Dillmore (D-Wichita).  “In the end, the people of Kansas will be the losers.”

The Rubin Amendment passed by a vote of 77-45. You can view the vote here

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