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Report: Governor Repays Running Mate for Loans

staff - January 9, 2016 6:02 am

A top Democratic lawmaker says he is joining the crowded race to replace Republican Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback. House Minority Leader Jim Ward of Wichita announced his candidacy Saturday. He had named former Democratic Party chairman Lee Kinch as his campaign treasurer earlier this week.

A new report shows Republican Gov. Sam Brownback has made a final $100,000 repayment on loans from his running mate to their re-election campaign.

Three loans from Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer totaling $1.5 million were the subject of a federal grand jury investigation last year. No charges were filed.

The campaign also repaid the governor and his wife $100,000, half of what they loaned to the campaign in October 2014.

The Brownback campaign listed the transactions in a finance report filed Friday, covering all of last year.

After his re-election, the Brownback campaign received nearly $578,000 in contributions last year. It spent $574,000.

More than $167,000 went to legal fees paid to various law firms.

The campaign reported it had $51,385 at the end of the year.