Ethics panel considers proposal broadening coverage of independent expenditures


State ethics officials are kicking around the idea of trying to broaden state law so it covers more groups campaigning independently for candidates.

The Kansas Ethics Commission on Wednesday considered asking the Legislature to tweak state law so it would more clearly define "expressed advocacy," potentially leading to more public disclosure of campaign expenditures.

Commissioners are looking to adopt a Federal Election Commission rule that defines communications as "expressed advocacy" in instances where "reasonable minds" agree the ad encourages the election or defeat of a candidate.

Moving to a new standard for communications potentially could require some social welfare organizations . . .


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