THE SALINA JOURNAL CAMPAIGN '96 THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31, 1996 A3 V U.S. SENATE Senate hopefuls wallow in out-of-state money About two-thirds of their funds have come from outside the state By JOHN HANNA The Associated Press TOPEKA — They say they'll represent Kansas, but the four top contenders for two U.S. Senate seats raised at least $1.56 million from outside the state during the past three months. And for every $1 raised from individual contributors identified in federal campaign finance reports, about 63 cents — nearly two-thirds of the total — came from outside Kansas. The candidates' own records show the importance large out-of-state corporations, associations, unions and political party committees play in financing federal campaigns. Labor unions, most of them with their headquarters outside Kansas, gave Democrats Jill Docking and Sally Thompson more than $197,000. But business organizations and corporate PACs gave huge amounts too — most heavily to Republicans Sam Brownback and Pat Roberts. All four candidates have promised to fight for changes in federal election laws designed to reform the financing of campaigns. But all of their campaigns have wallowed in special interest money. "It tells you that the stakes being played out in Congress are damn important to an awful lot of people outside the state, and they're not content to let those of us in Kansas exercise our vote," said Lynn Hellebust, a longtime activist on ethics issues from Topeka. The last two reports filed with the Federal Elections Commission by the candidates cover most of the general election period, from July 18 through Oct. 16. During those three months, the candidates raised more than $2.9 million. Brownback, the 2nd District congressman, and Docking, a Wichita stockbroker, are running for the seat formerly held by Bob Dole. 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For example, Brownback received $17,500 from the National Republican Congressional Committee, while Docking received the same amount from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. • One-third of Thompson's funds, or $84,000, came from labor unions. Unions donated more than $113,000 to Docking, and their funds accounted for almost 16 cents of every $1 she raised. • Roberts' position as chairman of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee clearly paid off. In July, August and September, he collected almost $67,000 from PACs connected to agricultural production, food processing or related industries. • Both Republicans did well in raising money from corporate and industry PACs. Brownback's contributions from those sources through Oct. 16 included almost $297,000. Roberts took in more than $285,000. • Brownback raised more than $143,000 from sources inside the District of Columbia, while Roberts raised more than $105,000, plus more than $66,000 from Virginia sources. • Thompson also received significant funds from Washington, almost $66,000. • Docking got nearly $129,000 from Washington sources, plus another $28,400 from Massachusetts, her family's home state. She also raised more than $43,000 from New York sources. The candidates' campaigns all contend that they have a strong base of support in Kansas. Having two open Senate seats might have required the candidates to tap out-of-state resources more, suggested Bob Schiff, staff attorney for Public Citizen's Congress Watch, a Washington group that monitors campaign finance issues. The candidates argue that even with their desire to see campaign finance reforms, they simply cannot forgo PAC money altogether. They liken doing so to unilateral military disarmament. 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