TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The Kansas Senate's moderate Republican leaders have formed a political alliance with labor unions through a new political action committee that is helping incumbent senators against conservative challengers.
The Kansas Jobs PAC formed in June and raised $181,000 by the end of last week, according to a campaign finance report filed with the secretary of state's office.
Of those funds, $100,000 came from the Senate Republican Leadership Committee, a PAC led by Senate President Steve Morris, a Hugoton moderate.
Another $50,000 came from the main PAC operated by the Kansas-National Education Association, the state's largest teachers' union. Another $15,000 came from a St. Louis-based union group for carpenters.
A dozen moderate GOP senators are trying to fend off challenges from conservatives in the Aug. 7 primary.