Tea party group stands by ad in Kansas Senate race

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A tea party group is standing behind its television ad attacking Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts in his Republican primary race with challenger Milton Wolf.

The television spot from the Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund says Roberts obtained what it calls a special exemption from the federal health care overhaul for himself and his staff. The group began running the ad last week.

Roberts' campaign produced a letter from the Senate's financial clerk, documenting that Roberts and his staff buy health insurance through the marketplace set up by the District of Columbia under the federal law.

The tea party group said Monday that a federal subsidy for the coverage represents the special exemption.

Roberts spokesman Leroy Towns said the so-called subsidy represents the government's ongoing contribution to insurance for employees.

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