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Loans buoy Brownback campaign fundraising against Davis


The Kansas City Star

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s campaign was again aided by loans as he races to stave off a vigorous challenge from Democratic legislator Paul Davis.

Brownback reported raising about $2.2 million for the quarter ending Oct. 23 as he battles to win a second term as governor.

His final tally included yet another $500,000 loan from Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer and a $200,000 personal loan he made to the campaign.

The Brownback campaign acknowledged the loans in a statement but was still proud of its fundraising total for the quarter.

“The governor and lieutenant governor are humbled by the support received across the state,” spokesman John Milburn said. “We are going to win because of the support from every corner of Kansas.”

Davis, the Kansas House minority leader from Lawrence, reported raising about $2.1 million for the quarter. The amount was about double what Davis had raised overall for the gubernatorial campaign so far.

“Our report reflects the deep concern Kansans have about the damage Sam Brownback is doing our schools and our economy,” Davis said in a statement. “And now Sam Brownback is running a disgraceful campaign full of lies and smears to try to stay in power.”

Brownback has reported raising about $5.5 million for his re-election effort, including about $1.7 million in loans mostly from Colyer.

Davis, meanwhile, has raised about $4.2 million for the campaign, but reported having about $100,000 on hand as of Oct. 23.

Heading into the final days of the campaign, Brownback’s report showed him having about $1 million left in the bank.

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