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

Republican Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (left) and Democratic challenger Paul Davis will debate each other Saturday at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson.
Republican Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (left) and Democratic challenger Paul Davis will debate each other Saturday at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson.

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.

To reach Brad Cooper, call 816-234-7724 or send email to bcooper@kcstar.com.

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