Kansas Democrats file complaints in 2nd District

Rep. Lynn Jenkins (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – Kansas Democrats have filed two federal complaints against Republican congresswoman Lynn Jenkins alleging she violated ethics and campaign rules because a staff member also serves as an unpaid re-election spokesman.

The Kansas Democratic Party said Monday the complaints were filed last week with the U.S. House Ethics Committee and the Federal Elections Commission.

They deal with Jenkins campaign spokesman Bill Roe, who is also her district director.

Jenkins’ office said the allegations are without merit.

The complaints were filed by Jason Perkey, the Kansas Democratic Party’s executive director. Perkey contends that Roe’s dual roles violate rules designed to keep congressional staffers from being involved in politics.

Jenkins’ staff said ethics rules allow staffers to do volunteer campaign work on their own time.

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