Four Kansas Republicans seeking re-election to the U.S. House raised significantly more money than their would-be Democratic challengers in the reporting period that ended June 30.
Two of the four Republicans have no major party opposition in the primary or general election, though one faces a Libertarian candidate in November. The numbers were reported to the Federal Election Commission for the period from April 1 through June 30.
Former Kansas Republican National Committeeman and 4th District Rep. Mike Pompeo of Wichita finished the reporting period with $1 million in cash on hand. He raised more than $138,500 in individual contributions and $123,000 in PAC money. The district envelops Wichita and surrounding counties -- a mix of aviation, manufacturing and agriculture industries.
Pompeo is unopposed in August but will face the winner between Democrats Robert Tillman and Esau Freeman. Tillman reported raising $252 during the reporting period and loaning his campaign $25,000. Freeman didn't report raising any money during the reporting period.
Republican Lynn Jenkins, who is seeking her third term in the U.S. House, reported raising $350,000 during the quarter for her 2nd District race. The former state legislator and state treasurer took in nearly $140,000 from individuals and another $210,000 from political action committees.
The 2nd District covers the majority of eastern Kansas, from the Nebraska border south, and includes the cities of Topeka, Lawrence and Pittsburg, as well as Fort Leavenworth.
Jenkins' fundraising exceeded that of her three Democratic challengers, who reported raising a combined $52,000.
Lawrence attorney Bob Eye raised $14,200 during the quarter, while Tobias Schlingensiepen, a Topeka pastor, raised $37,100. The third, Ottawa farmer Scott Barnhart, reported that he didn't raise anything during the period.
State Democratic officials said candidates were hampered in fundraising because of the delay in redrawing the state's political boundaries. A three-judge federal panel decided on the new lines for the Kansas House, Senate and four congressional districts after legislators failed to do so during the 2012 session.
"To overcome this challenge, our Democratic candidates are working every day to reach voters and ensure that Kansas voters know that they share the same values of hard work, responsibility and fairness," said Dakota Loomis, spokesman for the Kansas Democratic Party.
Rep. Tim Huelskamp, a freshman Republican, is running unopposed for a second term in the 1st District. He reported having more than $504,000 in cash on hand at the close of the reporting period. The former state senator raised more than $45,000 from individual contributions and nearly $63,000 from political action committees.
The 1st District covers western and central Kansas, a predominantly agricultural district. However, the new district lines were drawn to include Riley County, home to Kansas State University and the proposed National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan where federal scientists would study deadly animal diseases.
Huelskamp also now will represent Fort Riley, home of the Army's 1st Infantry Division and 18,000 soldiers.
In the 3rd District, Rep. Kevin Yoder is also seeking his second term. The freshman Republican is a former Kansas House Appropriations Committee chairman. He reported having nearly $1.2 million in cash on hand for the period. He raised about $133,000 from individual contributions and $71,000 from political action committees.
Yoder will face Libertarian Joel Balam in November, who reported raising less than $2,000 for the period. The 3rd District covers the Kansas portion of the Kansas City metropolitan area of Johnson, Wyandotte and a small portion of Miami counties.
Libertarians in the 2nd and 4th Districts didn't report raising any money during the period.