An attorney for the Kansas Republican Party said that a campaign finance complaint is moving forward against a Democrat running for governor and a political action committee, even though an ethics panel took no public action on the matter Tuesday during its monthly meeting.


 An attorney for the Kansas Republican Party said that a campaign finance complaint is moving forward against a Democrat running for governor and a political action committee, even though an ethics panel took no public action on the matter Tuesday during its monthly meeting.

Clay Barker, an attorney for the Kansas GOP, said the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission is seeking to consider separately the case against Democrat Tom Holland and Frances Graves of the Kansas Moderate Majority Committee.

Under Kansas law, if a PAC and a campaign coordinate their activities, the PAC is limited to spending $2,000. If there is no coordination, the PAC can spend an unlimited amount of money.

The complaint alleges Holland received an in-kind contribution of television ads from the PAC that exceeds the limit. Republicans have estimated the value of the ads, which have run for the past week in the Kansas City, Topeka and Wichita media markets.

"We expect their investigation will conclude what the facts already show — Tom Holland broke Kansas elections law — to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars," Barker said in a statement.

Holland faces Republican U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback for the right to replace Democrat Gov. Mark Parkinson, whose term expires in January.