Schodorf: Kansas GOP's ethics complaint dismissed

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
Democratic secretary of state candidate Jean Schodorf says the Kansas ethics commission has dismissed a Republican complaint accusing her of illegally soliciting contributions from lobbyists through Facebook.

Jean Schodorf (photo submitted)

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TOPEKA, Kan Democratic secretary of state candidate Jean Schodorf says the Kansas ethics commission has dismissed a Republican complaint accusing her of illegally soliciting contributions from lobbyists through Facebook.

Schodorf's campaign said Wednesday that the commission had informed it of the decision after the panel's regular monthly meeting.

The commission made no public announcement and typically doesn't unless it sets a public hearing to consider sanctions.

The GOP filed the complaint last month against Schodorf. She is a former state senator from Wichita.

The complaint argued that Schodorf violated a law barring candidates from soliciting contributions from lobbyists while the Legislature is in session. The GOP cited a May 1 Facebook posting by Schodorf's campaign seeking help in raising money and said at least one lobbyist had liked the page.



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The Kansas Republican Party is accusing the presumed Democratic nominee for secretary of state of illegally soliciting campaign contributions from lobbyists through a campaign Facebook page.

Democratic candidate and former state Sen. Jean Schodorf on Monday described the GOP's complaint as mudslinging.

The state ethics commission informed state GOP Executive Director Clay Barker last month that it would consider the complaint in a closed session at its meeting Wednesday.

Barker contends Schodorf violated a law prohibiting candidates for statewide office from soliciting contributions from lobbyists while the Legislature is in session with a May 1 Facebook posting that sought help in raising money. Barker said at least one lobbyist has liked her page.

Schodorf hopes to unseat Secretary of State Kris Kobach, though the Republican incumbent has a primary opponent.


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