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Group that sponsored Kobach’s ads during campaign says they aren’t required to disclose its donors

A group that sponsored ads promoting Kris Kobach during his failed 2018 run for Kansas governor says it isn’t legally required to disclose its donors to the public.

The Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission has given Per Aspera Policy until January 15th to file public reports on its activities during the last governor’s race.  The commission issued a notice to the group this week.

A Washington attorney representing the group told the commission in a letter that it is not required to disclose any information under Kansas law because its ads did not “expressly advocate” Kobach’s election.

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