Kansas AG rakes in campaign cash

Chris Rizo Jan. 13, 2010, 3:51am

Steve Six (D)

TOPEKA, Kan. (Legal Newsline) - Kansas Attorney General Steve Six raked in more than $375,000 in campaign cash last year to help bankroll his reelection campaign this year, campaign finance disclosures indicate.

Six, a Democrat, was appointed Kansas's chief legal officer by former Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius. He's running for a full, four-year term.

He faces Republican challenges from state Senate Majority Leader Derek Schmidt of Independence, who reported raising $137,643, and former state Assistant Attorney General Ralph De Zago of Herington, who reportedly raised $5,705 last year, according to filings made to the secretary of state's office.

Six, a former Douglas County judge, was appointed attorney general following the resignation of Paul Morrison, the Democrat who left office amid a sexual harassment scandal. Six, 44, took office in January 2008.

In announcing his 2010 legislative agenda last week, Six said, among other things, he wants this year to curb unwanted robo-calls from politicians and businesses.

The Democrat said he wants to place "tough new restrictions" on the automated calls that are especially prevalent in election years. His proposed Robo-Call Privacy Act would target both commercial and political calls.

"Kansans have consistently voiced concern about the number of annoying robo-calls they receive at home, especially during an election year," Six said. "It is important that Kansans be protected from robo-calls that interrupt their dinner table conversation."

Also a part of Six's legislative agenda is an effort to provide better protections for individuals giving their durable power of attorney to someone else.

From Legal Newsline: Reach staff reporter Chris Rizo at chrisrizo@legalnewsline.com.

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