Topeka Gov. Sam Brownback announced Tuesday that he has donated $150,000 in unspent inauguration funds to nonprofit groups, including $30,000 to the Kansas Arts Foundation, which Brownback set up to replace the state-funded Kansas Arts Commission, which he killed.
“These organizations reflect Kansas’ commitment to helping their neighbors in times of need and making our communities a great place to raise a family and work,” Brownback said.
Brownback vetoed funding of the Kansas Arts Commission, making Kansas the only state to not have a state-funded arts commission.
Brownback replaced the commission with a nonprofit fundraising arm called the Kansas Arts Foundation. The Brownback for Governor Inaugural Committee donated $30,152.99 to the foundation.
The Legislature had to change the law during the past session to allow the inaugural committee to donate.
Here are the other donations made by the committee:
• Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved, $50,000.
• Friends of Cedar Crest Association, $10,000.
• Kansas Dental Charitable Foundation, $10,000.
• Rescue missions in Emporia, Salina, Topeka and Wichita, $35,000.
• Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland, $5,000
• Jayhawk Area Council Boy Scouts of America, $5,000.
• Power Community Development Corp. (Dunbar Theatre), $5,000.