RELEASE: Davis raises $400,000 in campaign’s first 45 days

October 5, 2017

Haley Pollock, 785-215-7769


Kansas congressional candidate Paul Davis raises $400,192 in 45 days

Davis’ bipartisan appeal propels momentum for change in KS-02
LAWRENCE, KAN. – Today congressional candidate Paul Davis released his first quarterly fundraising totals since announcing his bid for Kansas’ open second district seat. The reporting quarter ran from July 1st through September 30th, but Davis did not begin fundraising efforts until he launched his campaign committee on August 15th. He raised $400,192.98 in just half the quarter.


“We have a long way to go in this campaign, but Kansans of all political stripes rallied together in an incredible outpouring of grassroots support,” said Davis. “I am deeply humbled by how many of my fellow Kansans chipped in to help build our early momentum. Gridlock and grandstanding have become Washington’s trademark, and today we’re sending a clear message that we will fight hard for something better.”


Davis carried KS-02 by six points as a statewide candidate in 2014.  His diverse donor base reflects his independent record and strong Kansas roots, with:

●      1,890 total contributions;

●      76 percent of contributions totaling $100 or less;

●      Over 99 percent of donors are individuals;

●      73 percent of the dollars raised come from Kansas donors.


Despite not having held public office in nearly four years, a Fort Hays State University statewide poll released in May revealed that Davis remains one of Kansas’ best known and well-liked public figures. His lasting popularity stems from a record of results at the state level. As House Minority Leader, Davis earned a reputation for reaching across the aisle, fighting drastic cuts to Kansas public schools, and helping to engineer the passage of a statewide infrastructure program that created thousands of Kansas jobs. At the height of the Great Recession, he built a bipartisan coalition that enacted a historic budget compromise, cutting $1.2 billion in spending while protecting vulnerable Kansans.


Davis has also championed tax relief for working families, voting for well over 100 tax cuts throughout his tenure. In 2014, he led the charge against the disastrous Brownback tax plan, which gave an average tax cut of $25,000 per year to the state’s wealthiest citizens while raising taxes on the bottom 40 percent of Kansas earners. As a result, Kansas received three state credit rating downgrades and the state’s economy fell to 46th in the nation. Two-thirds of the Kansas Legislature voted to repeal the Brownback tax plan in June.


Cook Political Report and Roll Call both recently noted Davis as a candidate to watch in 2018, improving Democratic prospects in a state that President Donald Trump carried with 56 percent of the vote.

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