Brownback raised $1.53 million last year

TOPEKA | U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback's campaign for Kansas governor says it raised more than $1.53 million in cash contributions last year.

The campaign confirmed the figure today, saying a full report will be available Monday. That's when candidates for state offices must file campaign finance reports with the secretary of state's office.

Campaign manager David Kensinger said Brownback is grateful for contributions from thousands of Kansans during challenging economic times.

Democratic leaders are still looking for a major candidate. Brownback's fundraising makes a challenge more difficult.