WICHITA -- The Republican primary fight for the U.S. House seat from south-central Kansas is heating up a notch with the filing of a citizen complaint to the Federal Election Commission.
The complaint alleges unlawful coordination between former congressman Todd Tiahrt's campaign and a "super PAC" founded by a Wichita oilman who is supporting him. Tiahrt is challenging incumbent GOP congressman Mike Pompeo for the 4th Congressional District seat.
Tiahrt's campaign manager on Thursday called the allegations "garbage" and a politically motivated attack.
The complaint was filed by bank executive Jane Deterding, a longtime Pompeo ally. She said Thursday she asked the Pompeo campaign for details needed to file the complaint.
Pompeo's campaign says it's glad the alleged coordination between Tiahrt and the PAC is coming to light.
The group Kansans for Responsible Government has been running attack ads against Pompeo for several weeks. It has an office in northeast Wichita, and lists Wink Hartman of Hartman Oil as its treasurer. The "Kansans for Tiahrt" campaign is based in Goddard.
KAKE News checked federal records, and found Kansans for Responsible Government filed organization papers May 13. Tiahrt announced his candidacy May 29. Then four days on June 2, the Super PAC filed a notice indicating it was buying ads in support of Tiahrt.