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A new television ad for Gov. Sam Brownback’s re-election campaign launched this week features something you wouldn’t expect: a sign for his opponent.

The ad shows the governor talking to people in a variety of settings, ranging from a farm to a corporate boardroom. Brownback touts his record, taking credit for 55,000 private sector jobs and a 4.9 percent unemployment rate, and assures the audience that “the sun is shining in Kansas.”

However, at about 22 seconds into an ad, you can spot a Davis/Docking sign just behind the governor on his right side. - The Wichita Eagle, 8/14/14

You'd think it would be a good idea to make sure to edit that out. Here's another fail on behalf of the Brownback campaign:

Gov. Sam Brownback's campaign hit back Wednesday after a "dark money" third-party group released ads attacking his record on public education and the economy.

The television ads were released by the Kansas Values Institute, a 501(c)(4) "issues" group that isn’t legally required to disclose its donors.

John Milburn, spokesman for the Brownback campaign, said the institute's ads were meant to mislead the public and blamed the governor's Democratic opponent, House Minority Leader Paul Davis, D-Lawrence.

"The entire Davis campaign is ultimately based on two bold-faced and easily disproven lies," Milburn said. "The latest ad is proof that his liberal allies in the media and special interest groups will stop at nothing to deceive Kansas voters on these two key issues."

Milburn later sent a fundraising email based on the ads.

The Kansas Values Institute is a third-party group legally banned from coordinating with the Davis campaign.

Ryan Wright, the institute's executive director, said other groups are spending big on pro-Brownback ads and his group is giving voters different information.

“The reality is the Brownback folks are saying a lot of things," Wright said. "What they’re not talking about is his record. That’s what we’re trying to educate Kansans about.” - Topeka Capital-Journal, 8/14/14

And of course Brownback received this bad news this week:

Republican Governor Sam Brownback is in a 10-point hole in his bid for reelection in Kansas.

The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Kansas Voters finds Democratic challenger Paul Davis with 51% support to Brownback’s 41%.

The survey of 750 likely voters in Kansas was conducted on August 6-7, 2014 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 4 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. - KSN TV, 8/13/14

And Davis received this good news this week:

Unions representing police officers and firefighters are supporting Democratic challenger Paul Davis in the Kansas governor’s race.

The Davis campaign announced Wednesday that it had received endorsements from the Kansas Fraternal Order of Police and the Kansas State Firefighters political action committee.

The groups said they were supporting Davis because he has a strong record on public safety issues. Davis has served in the Kansas House since 2003 and is its minority leader. - Kansas City Star, 8/14/14

Click here to donate and get involved with Davis' campaign:

Originally posted to pdc on Thu Aug 14, 2014 at 05:01 PM PDT.

Also republished by Kansas & Missouri Kossacks and The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party.

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