Kansas 2nd District candidate faces ethics complaint

TOPEKA | A Republican challenger in the Kansas 2nd District race is facing an ethics complaint over funding for a trip he took in November 2009.

The complaint filed against Dennis Pyle of Hiawatha alleges he improperly used funds from his Kansas state Senate campaign to finance a trip to Washington, D.C., to meet with political consultants.

Pyle is challenging Rep. Lynn Jenkins for the Republican nomination. Jenkins is seeking re-election in the eastern Kansas district that includes Topeka, Manhattan and a portion of Lawrence.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the complaint alleges Pyle violated state campaign finance laws by using money raised for a state campaign for activities related to possible federal campaign.