A political action committee led by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is bankrolling mailings and radio advertising for Democratic legislative candidates.


A political action committee led by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is bankrolling mailings and radio advertising for Democratic legislative candidates.

Sebelius is chairwoman of the Bluestem Fund. In recent months, it spent $323,000 on mailings and radio ads for candidates in 19 races. It also gave $5,000 to the Kansas Democratic Party.

The information was in a campaign finance report the fund filed with the secretary of state’s office. The report also disclosed $15,000 in direct contributions to nearly all the Democrats running against Republican legislative incumbents this year.

“This election cycle, with every seat in the Statehouse on the ballot, there is a real opportunity to achieve the change we need in both chambers,” said Sebelius spokeswoman Nicole Corcoran.

Corrie Kangas, political director of the Kansas Republican Party, said the governor “clearly thinks she can pick up some legislative seats,” but Kangas noted recent polls showing Sebelius’ approval rating dipping below 50 percent.

“I think she’ll be very surprised on Nov. 4 when she finds out her declining popularity translates into more Democrat losses,” she said.