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Kansas led nation in secretive campaign ads

Kansas had more political ads financed by secretive groups this past election than any other state. “Kansans saw a total of 34,300 ads through Election Day on Nov. 4,” Associated Press reported. “Of those, 11,328 were from nonprofits whose finances can be shielded for years, if not forever.” The ads were nearly equally divided in benefiting Gov. Sam Brownback or his Democratic challenger, Paul Davis. Kansas Values Institute, which received funding from the Kansas National Education Association, spent an estimated $3.1 million on ads targeting Brownback and supporting Davis, according to the Center for Public Integrity. Alliance for Freedom, a Virginia-based free-market group, paid for about $2.7 million worth of ads supporting Brownback. Other secretive groups that financed ads were Roadmap Solutions, Alliance for a Free Society and Americans for Prosperity. – Phillip Brownlee