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Brownback raised more than $1.5 million in 2009 for gubernatorial campaign

January 8, 2010, 10:49 a.m. Updated January 8, 2010, 12:58 p.m.


— Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback’s campaign for governor raised more than $1.53 million in cash contributions last year, the campaign reported Friday.

The fundraising gives Brownback, the presumed GOP nominee, a big head start over any major Democratic challenger. But prominent Democrats said they weren’t impressed, suggesting a U.S. senator from a Republican state should have collected more money.

Brownback’s campaign confirmed the figure of $1,533,420 for The Associated Press and said a full campaign finance report for 2009 will be available Monday. That’s the deadline for candidates for state offices to file finance reports with the Kansas secretary of state’s office.

“We are grateful for the financial support of literally thousands of Kansans during these challenging economic times and will work every day to grow our economy and create new jobs,” Brownback campaign manager David Kensinger said.

Brownback organized his campaign a year ago and faces only token opposition in the GOP primary in August.

Democrats are still looking for a major challenger because Gov. Mark Parkinson has said repeatedly he’s not running. Party leaders were supporting Tom Wiggans, a former pharmaceutical company executive, but he dropped out in December.

Still, they’ve argued Brownback is vulnerable because of his conservative views on issues such as abortion and suggested GOP moderates will flock to a viable Democrat once that candidate emerges.

They questioned whether Brownback’s fundraising last year was impressive, given his nearly 16 years in Congress. Kansas Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, D-Topeka, called it paltry.

And Kansas Democratic Party spokesman Tyler Longpine said: “It does show that Kansans have really deep concerns about the direction he’d take our state.”

Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius raised nearly $2 million in 2005, the year before she won a second term. She resigned in April to become U.S. health and human services secretary, elevating Parkinson from lieutenant governor to governor.

Hensley said of Brownback: “In his first fundraising efforts to be the next governor, you would have thought he probably would be able to outmatch her.”

Brownback’s campaign declined to respond to the Democrats’ comments.

In 2001, the year before she ran her first term, Sebelius raised about $629,000 in cash contributions. And in 1997, the year before Republican Gov. Bill Graves won a second term, he raised about $750,000.


Centerville 8 years, 4 months ago

Keep a sharp eye on KS Accounts and Reports as the Ds head into the classified jobs.

Scott Tichenor 8 years, 4 months ago

Contributions from big business so Sammy can keep the depressed economy right where it is and return any benefits to corporate America. This stuff is so predictable why waste your time telling us about it?

diplomacy205 8 years, 4 months ago

Let's create a new level government to further stifle business and drain money from private citizens.

A Republican with $10 in campaign funds could win against the Democrats in Topeka this election.

anon1958 8 years, 4 months ago

diplomacy205 (Anonymous) says…

"A Republican with $10 in campaign funds could win against the Democrats in Topeka this election."

I believe this to be true and the reflection of two facts:

1) Kansas needs smarter democratic politicians

2) Kansas needs a smarter electorate.

rbwaa 8 years, 4 months ago

i just wonder how much of that money actually comes from kansans?

sad_lawrencian 8 years, 4 months ago

Brownback is an idiot. Can we please just get ONE capable Democrat into this race? Just one?

Tom McCune 8 years, 4 months ago

BFD. Bernie Madoff raised $50 billion. He was lots more capable than Brownnote.

anon1958 8 years, 4 months ago

Newell_Post (Anonymous) says…

BFD. Bernie Madoff raised $50 billion. He was lots more capable than Brownnote.

No, Madoff stole that money he did not raise it in any way similar to the way Brownback raised his money. As much as I despise Brownback's ideas and politics, Madoff is a convicted felon and a true scumbag because he knew the harm he was causing. Comparing Brownback to Madoff is not a legitimate comparison.

Brownback could certainly cause irrepairable harm and wreak havok but his politics are known and if people elect him as their leader, well that's the downside of democracy that has been know of for millenia.

Liberty275 8 years, 4 months ago

Wow, the left is so full of hatred it is amazing.

And before you get too deluded, I'm a libertarian. I'm to the left of you lefties on most matters and to the right of righties on the rest of things.

Stephen Roberts 8 years, 4 months ago

sad_lawrencian (Anonymous) says…

Brownback is an idiot. Can we please just get ONE capable Democrat into this race? Just one?

There is one capable democrat in Kansas that is eligible to run for governor??? If there is, I have not heard of this person.

number3of5 8 years, 4 months ago

Unlike the other comments, I won't say anything about Brownback. My comment is "Why doesn't he give this money to the state to help balance the budget? It would be more effective than a huge costly mudslinging champaign."

verity 8 years, 4 months ago

3 of 5, because that would mean that he actually cared about Kansas. As far as I can see, Brownback pretty much only cares about power---hidden under a cloak of religiosity.

It's not just that he is incompetent, I believe that his objectives are truly dangerous. Opus Dei, anyone? Then isn't he a member of that organization called the C Street Family? Google either one of them.

Unfortunately, too many Kansans will vote for him because of his religiosity.

Ralph Reed 8 years, 4 months ago

He'll spend little on running for his leadership tab, and save most of it for a bid at the Presidency.

verity 8 years, 4 months ago

Ralph---I too think that he is just using this as a platform to once again run for president. Fortunately, he is delusional in thinking that he will ever be president. (Of course, I thought that about Ronald Reagon too.)

storm 8 years, 4 months ago

What's the matter with adopting Kansas children, Sam?

Joe Hyde 8 years, 4 months ago

Early indications certainly suggest that Sen. Brownback will be elected Governor of Kansas in the next election.

The reality of being a state governor will likely be somewhat different than the reality of being a United States Senator. In the US Senate he enjoyed the luxury of being, if you will, the equivalent of a Republican ultraconservative Christian Right platform diver, wowing the crowd with pious moral pronouncements on multiple social issues as he leapt from on high and plunged into the pool.

If elected governor of Kansas -- a state that is facing multiple economic, environmental, health, social support, infrastructure and educational problems -- Governor Brownback's role will change dramatically. He will go from being a high-profile Republican platform diver to being...a Republican pool cleaner.

Assuming we end up with a Gov. Brownback after the next election, and assuming we end up with a Republican majority in the state House and Senate, then the pressure will fall heavy on that party for improving the state's presently shaky circumstances. In the more "local politics" sort of political environment he would be working in, it is possible we would see from Brownback a leadership style we've not seen before -- a more moderate way of examining issues and problems, and a more practical and commonsense way of conceptualizing solutions to them.

Being the governor of Kansas could prove to be quite liberating to him, freeing him to show us many creative sides of himself that some of us never suspected were there.

Kirk Larson 8 years, 4 months ago

riverat- I sure hope so, but I doubt it. I think he'll just get more convinced that he has an edict from god. If you look into the C Street Family he's been hanging out with, it might give you a good scare. I know it does me.

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