Topeka — Two of the three attorneys reviewing an ethics complaint against former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline made a total of $150 in campaign contributions to candidates who ran against him, campaign finance records show.
One of the attorneys also donated $400 to former Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, an abortion rights Democrat who appointed four of the Kansas Supreme Court’s seven current justices. The court has the final word on whether Kline will be sanctioned over allegations of misconduct while investigating abortion providers.
The three lawyers comprise a hearing panel for the Kansas Board for Discipline of Attorneys and will make recommendations to the Supreme Court. They are JoAnn Butaud, of Lenexa; Jeffrey Chubb, of Independence; and Calvin Karlin, of Lawrence.
Campaign finance records show Karlin contributed to Sebelius in 2002 and 2003, then donated a total of $100 in 2005 and 2006 to Paul Morrison, a Democrat who defeated Kline when Kline sought re-election as attorney general.
Records show Chubb donated $50 to then-state Sen. David Adkins, one of Kline’s Republican primary opponents in his successful 2002 race for attorney general.