Government & Politics

July 28, 2014

Thanks to $500,000 loan from running mate, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback leads challenger Paul Davis in fundraising

The loan from Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer gave Republican Gov. Same Brownback a fundraising edge over his Democratic challenger, Paul Davis of Lawrence. Subtract the loan and Davis would have raised nearly $400,000 more than the governor this year.

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.

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