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Loan inflated Brownback's fundraising total

The fundraising of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Rep. Paul Davis, D-Lawrence, looks even more impressive with the news that $500,000 of Gov. Sam Brownback's announced fundraising total was a last-minute loan from his running mate, Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer (in photo). Not counting the loan, Brownback raised about $1.1 million last year, while Davis raised $1 million in just four months of the year. Davis also had more donors contribute to his campaign last year than Brownback. Because of donations he received in previous years, Brownback still has a significant money lead. But Davis is off to a fast start, and the Colyer loan suggests that the Brownback camp is getting nervous.