Kansas ethics panel to hear campaign finance complaints

Ethics

Former Sedgwick County Commissioner Michael O’Donnell could be responsible for potentially thousands of dollars in civil fines if an ethics panel this week finds he violated state campaign finance law.

A complaint shows O’Donnell faces nine counts of campaign finance violations for allegedly funneling money from his campaign account to his personal checking account and to four friends he reported as campaign workers.

The Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission has scheduled a hearing Wednesday in Topeka. O’Donnell could not be reached for comment Monday.