Rookie Candidate Raises Big Money on Web

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A rookie candidate seeking a Kansas House seat says he's surprised at the response to his online appeal for campaign funds.

Democrat Sean Tevis of Olathe said he doubted he'd raise the $20,000 he was told he'd need to run against Republican incumbent Arlen Siegfried. But Tevis has received more than $96,000, and the election is three months away. Most of the money came from out-of-state donors.

The 39-year-old political neophyte -- a computer systems manager
-- made an online pitch for campaign contributions and tied it to a
comic strip about a first-time candidate for office.

Siegfried says he's not worried about losing the election because he's found during six years in office that campaigns are won on issues, not money. He said he expects to raise $38,000 throughout his campaign.


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