Kansas Democrats Ask, Ethics Commission OKs, Unlimited State Party Building Funds

The Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (often called the McCain-Feingold Act) allows state and local political parties to use nonfederal funds for the purchase or construction of party office buildings.  McCain-Feingold said that state law governs exclusively in regulating spending on state and local party buildings.  Prior to McCain-Fiengold, this was never an issue in Kansas since it was not allowed by federal law.

On Feb 3, 2009, Mr. Kenny Johnston, Executive Director of the Kansas Democratic Party, sent the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission a letter requesting an advisory opinion and clarification about how a political party might use a building fund.  This request was discussed at the monthly meeting of the Ethics Commission last Wednesday, and an opionon about this matter will be published soon. Read the rest of this entry »