Kansas House Rejects Campaign Finance Bill

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The Kansas House has rejected a bill
requiring campaign finance reports from certain groups that sponsor
ads to influence elections.

The vote was 69-54 against the measure Thursday.

The bill would require any group spending more than $500 to influence an election to file reports listing contributors and expenditures.

An ad would qualify if it reaches more than 300 people and mentions a candidate by name _ whether or not it explicitly urges voters to support or oppose that person.

Current Kansas law doesn't require a group to file reports unless it expressly advocates a candidate's election or defeat.

Critics say such measures could chill free speech. But House members who voted against the bill said it hadn't been reviewed thoroughly enough.

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