Kansas Lawmaker Faces New Complaints From Activist

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

A longtime Republican activist in Kansas has filed two ethics complaints against a state senator, accusing him of misusing campaign funds and filing a false campaign finance report with the state.

Kris Van Meteren, of Ozawkie, filed the complaints Tuesday against Sen. Dwayne Umbarger, a Thayer Republican, with the state Governmental Ethics Commission.

Van Meteren is a reviving a case he pursued unsuccessfully in 2008, but he's also added new allegations.

Umbarger called the complaints a waste of taxpayer dollars. He said it's a sign he's likely to face opposition in the GOP primary in August.

Van Meteren is questioning about $6,000 worth of expenditures made by Umbarger from his campaign fund from 2004 into 2009,
alleging that Umbarger illegally converted campaign funds to personal use. Umbarger disputes the allegations.

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