Kan. Senate panel OKs campaign finance changes

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – A Kansas Senate committee has recommended a bill that would allow certain political party committees to solicit and raise campaign contributions from lobbyists, individuals and organizations during the legislative session.

The changes approved Thursday by the Senate Ethics and Election Committee apply to committees established by the state Republican and Democratic parties for House and Senate campaigns. The funds raised are used to support the campaigns of candidates for the Legislature, such as direct contributions or paying for activities like polling or political advertising.

Kansas law has prohibited lobbyists and political committees from contributing to those committees. The prohibitions were among a number of changes to campaign finance laws made in in the early 1990s.

Candidates would still be prohibited from soliciting and accepting funds for their own campaigns.

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