Former Republican Congressman Tim Huelskamp has raised more than half a million dollars to pass the Kansas constitutional amendment on abortion and is pushing out a new ad featuring a Chiefs player.
Earlier this year, the former 1st District Congressman formed the Do Right PAC with the intent of promoting pro-life, conservative policies in Kansas.
The PAC raised $532,000 this year for an overall campaign supporting the amendment that has raised almost $8 million to get the measure passed on Aug. 2.
The amendment would reverse a state Supreme Court ruling that found that abortion is a protected right in the state constitution.
It does not ban abortion, but opponents of the amendment believe that lawmakers will use passage of the proposal to ban the procedure, especially now that Roe v. Wade has been reversed.
Huelskamp’s PAC received a $250,000 donation from CatholicVote Civic Action, a nonprofit group based in Carmel, Indiana.
The group bills itself as “America’s top Catholic advocacy organization.”
“We celebrated the defeat of Roe last month. Now, all eyes are on Kansas,” the group posted on its website.
“In just two weeks, Kansas will be the first state since the Dobbs decision to vote on abortion,” the group said.
“Kansas voters will decide whether to approve a constitutional amendment that would grant their state legislature control over abortion policy after the liberal State Supreme Court took it away.”
The organization uses its website to solicit contributions.
“We know that the future of America – and millions of unborn lives – hang in the balance,” the group said on its website.
“That’s why we launched our ad in Kansas this week to spread the word about this important amendment,” it said.
The contribution from CatholicVote reflects the role that the Catholic church has played in this campaign, funneling millions of dollars into efforts to pass the amendment.
About half the money raised by the Value Them Both Association has come from the Archdiocese of Kansas City, which has given about $3 million to the campaign.
The new ad features Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker. Former Chiefs punter Dustin Colquitt and his wife have been campaigning for the amendment as well.
The national political ad tracking firm AdImpact shows that as of Thursday, Huelskamp’s PAC has purchased $90,000 in ad buys on cable in the Kansas City market.
Do Right Ad
Huelskamp, who served in Congress from 2011 to 2017, said he created the PAC because he saw “a need for experienced conservative leadership in the state.”
“I wanted to use my experience state and national profile to promote pro-life conservative polices in my home state,” he said in a text.