Republican Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback relied on a loan from his lieutenant governor to raise slightly more money this year than his Democratic challenger, campaign records show.
Brownback reported taking in $1.2 million for the reporting period ending July 24. That included a $500,000 loan from Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer, a plastic surgeon.
Subtract the loan, and Democratic challenger Paul Davis of Lawrence would have raised about $378,000 more than Brownback between Jan. 1 and July 24, records show.
The governor finished the reporting period with $2.3 million in the bank compared to $1.3 million for Davis.
The Colyer loan is the second that Brownback has received from his running mate. He received a $500,000 loan from Colyer just before the end of last year’s reporting period and repaid it Jan. 2.
On July 23, Colyer loaned the campaign $500,000 a second time.