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Kansas Senate: don't fence my funds in

Reacting to a Kansas Supreme Court ruling, the Senate tentatively approved a bill Tuesday reaffirming that elected officials may spend money raised for one campaign to run for another office.

The court, in a December decision in a lawsuit filed by a Wichita mayoral candidate, had ruled such transfers illegal because they are not specifically authorized by the state's Campaign Finance Act.

The Senate bill, advanced to final action on a voice vote, would add language on the matter to the campaign finance law.

Kansas politicians had routinely transferred money from one campaign fund to another without challenge until the issue arose last year when former Republican state Rep. Carlos Mayans ran for mayor of Wichita. -- Senate advances bill to allow transfers of campaign funds (AP)