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Colyer’s $500,000 loan to Gov. Brownback’s campaign causes a stir as session starts

January 13, 2014, 10:42 a.m. Updated January 13, 2014, 4:49 p.m.


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— Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer said his unprecedented $500,000 loan to Gov. Sam Brownback’s re-election campaign shows the team’s commitment to the state and their policies.

But the campaign of likely Democratic opponent, Paul Davis, says it shows that Davis is a contender.

Colyer’s huge loan caused a buzz in Kansas politics as the 2014 legislative started Monday.

“I just believe in what we got to do in Kansas,” said Colyer to the Lawrence Journal-World.

“The governor and I are very convinced in making sure that we have a better future for kids,” he said. Colyer is Brownback’s running mate.

The campaign of Davis and his lieutenant governor running mate, Jill Docking, of Wichita, said the Colyer loan, made on the last day of the campaign finance reporting period, shows that Davis is matching Brownback in fundraising despite the huge advantage in Republican voter registration in Kansas.

“Without this loan, Paul’s campaign has raised as much financial support as the governor, in half the time,” said Davis’ campaign treasurer, William Kassebaum.

“This tells me that Paul has very strong support early in this campaign,” Kassebaum said.

The campaign finance reports filed with the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission show that Brownback raised $1.6 million in 2013, while Davis raised $1 million in a four-month period from the time of his announcement.

Without the $500,000 loan made by Colyer on the last day of 2013, the total amounts raised last year would be similar.

The size of the loan from a candidate to his own political race is apparently unprecedented in Kansas history.

Carol Williams, executive director of the Ethics Commission, says she can remember no loan of that size from a candidate.


David Reber 1 year, 10 months ago

Step one: Notice that your challenger has, without huge corporate sponsorship or name recognition, managed to raise about the same amount as you - in half the time.

Step two: Have your wealthy running mate "loan" half a million to your campaign at the last minute.

Step three: Have your campaign manager tell the press that your fundraising lead (about half a million) is "an insurmountable obstacle for any challenger."

It's settled, folks. Brownback thinks we're all idiots.

Thomas Bryce Jr. 1 year, 10 months ago

The Majority of us Did Not vote so a Minority was able to vote him into office. If every Registered Voter in Kansas had Voted, I am confident the outcome would have been different. With Low voter turnouts like we have consistently had in the past, a Minority Can Rule a Majority. It all depends on Who Votes. I Voted.

Matthew Herbert 1 year, 10 months ago

Lets not re-write history or make excuses; That election was not even close! Brownback won overwhelmingly.

Thomas Bryce Jr. 1 year, 10 months ago

Around 60% statewide turn out. Brownback won with around 60% support of those voters. 60% of 60% is about 36%. So, Statistically Brownback won with roughly 1/3 of Kansans supporting Him. I don't call that a landslide. I call that the result of voter apathy. In Douglas County, which is usually A Democratic Stronghold, Republicans showed at the polls at 2 to 1 compared to Democrats. I hope the Voter apathy that has plagued this State and this country is over with. It Is Idiotic NOT To Vote! If people Don't vote, They are part of the problem and have no justification to complain about the present situation. Want Change? Vote!

Steve King 1 year, 10 months ago

"...unprecedented in Kansas history..."

Brock Masters 1 year, 10 months ago

The Davis people just can't stand being outdone on fundraising. Brownback raised more money plain and simple. Numbers don't lie!

Well numbers don't lie but .......

Seriously, what did Brownback hope to game by doing this? As pointed out earlier, he must think we are really stupid to believe a loan equals true fundraising.

The man has no credibility.

Now I wait for those that will only read the first two sentences to reply to this post. Watch they will

Michael LoBurgio 1 year, 10 months ago

Kansans' Check Your Voter Reg status to ensure they are not on Kobach’s suspended list

Steve King 1 year, 10 months ago

No, I got you. It's insidious. One third of his money was a last minuet loan and they are grandstanding about their "lead".

What absolute morons.

Richard Heckler 1 year, 10 months ago

Speculation begs the question has Koch and ALEC made arrangements to repay Colyer through the back door so as to keep those sources of support a secret?

Corruption knows no boundaries.

Richard Heckler 1 year, 10 months ago

This $500,000 loan could explain why health care is so expensive in the USA. Some doctors feel a need to keep $500,000 laying around to throw at political campaigns.

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