Sparring Match Between 2nd District Nominees

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) Kansas Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins and her Democratic challenger are sparring over donations to the Republican incumbent’s re-election campaign from financial interests.

Tobias Schlingensiepen of Topeka, the Democratic nominee in the 2nd Congressional District, called a news conference Wednesday to accuse Jenkins of turning her back on Kansas by taking the contributions.

He says Jenkins has collected more than $610,000 from banking and insurance interests while voting against bills placing more regulations on those industries.

Jenkins’ campaign manager, Bill Roe, issued a statement calling the $610,000 figure a “fabrication.”

Roe also says most of the donations Jenkins has received from the financial industry came from people working at Kansas credit unions and community banks. Roe says Jenkins opposes regulations that limit those institutions’ ability to make loans and help the economy.