Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer loaned $500,000 to Gov. Sam Brownback’s re-election campaign at the end of 2013.
Financial disclosure reports submitted to the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission by the Brownback campaign revealed the last-minute loan from Colyer, Brownback’s Republican running-mate. The contribution pushed the governor’s total receipts for the year to $1.6 million.
Brownback’s Democratic challenger Paul Davis had $1 million in total receipts for the year.
Brownback campaign spokesman David Kensinger says the inflow of money to the governor’s campaign is an insurmountable obstacle for any challenger.
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Davis campaign treasurer William Kassebaum says the Democrat’s ability to attract money in the four months since declaring his candidacy shows Brownback’s vulnerability.