TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s campaign treasurer faces a potential $5,000 fine from the state ethics commission over mistakes in finance reports from last year’s campaign.
Kobach said Thursday that his campaign treasurer, state Rep. Tom Arpke of Salina, is not responsible for the mistakes and actually helped find them. Arpke did not immediately return a telephone message seeking comment.
The ethics commission has set an Oct. 26 hearing on whether Arpke should be fined. Kansas law makes a campaign treasurer responsible for mistakes on reports.
Commission Executive Director Carol Williams said Kobach’s campaign omitted $35,000 worth of contributions and $42,000 worth of expenditures from reports in 2010.
Kobach said his campaign reviewed its books after the election to ensure its reports were complete.