Hospital group airing ads in Kansas for Roberts

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The American Hospital Association has disclosed spending $212,000 on television advertisements praising Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts as he faces tea party challenger Milton Wolf in the state's Aug. 5 primary.

The association disclosed the spending in a report filed last week with federal regulators, with the bulk of the money buying advertising time. An association spokeswoman did not immediately return telephone and email messages.

Roberts' re-election campaign said the ads began airing statewide last week. The ads say Roberts is a leader on protecting rural health care.

Wolf's campaign said the association is a special-interest group that is part of what it called "an incumbent-protection racket" in Washington.

Roberts' campaign said the ads show Wolf doesn't have the backing of medical groups even though he is a Leawood radiologist.

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