TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The father of Republican congressional candidate Steve Watkins set up and funded a political action committee that's running a $64,000 ad campaign for his son.
Creating a PAC allows the father to skirt rules that would limit direct contributions to his son's candidacy for the open seat in Kansas' 2nd Congressional District. Watkins is one of seven candidates seeking the GOP nomination.
The Kansas City Star reports that records filed with the Federal Election Commission this week show that the sole donor to the Kansans Can Do Anything political action committee is Dr. Steven Watkins, of Topeka.
The elder Watkins donated $100,000 days after its formation.
The PAC began airing television ads last week in support of Watkins' candidacy in the primary to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins.