More Bad News in Kansas


Where there’s smoke, there’s fire?

A federal grand jury is investigating larges loans made to Sam Brownback’s reelection campaign because no one can explain where the money came from.

From the Associated Press

The subpoena doesn’t say which specific loans are being investigated, but the only loans listed on campaign disclosure reports for those years are one from Brownback himself and others from Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer. Colyer loaned Brownback’s campaign $500,000 in August ? [sic] the third such loan the governor’s running mate made to their re-election bid ? [sic] according to the last disclosure report, filed days before the November general election.

Such large loans by candidates to campaigns are uncommon in Kansas, and the pattern of repaying one within days is a highly unusual move that has generated unanswered questions about where Colyer obtained such a large amount of cash.

When your governor and lieutenant governor are both under investigation, that may be a sign that you voted for the wrong guys. You know, if their terrible economic policy wasn’t enough of an indication.

  • Don’t worry. Kansans have learned their lesson. They’ll only elect these guys two more times, at most. Maybe three. Anyway, by 2026 they will definitely, maybe, consider voting for someone else.

  • muselet

    Weird. This story makes no sense to me.

    Earlier finance reports indicate that Colyer made his first $500,000 loan on Dec. 31, 2013, the last day covered by a finance report due in early January 2014, and it was repaid on Jan. 2, 2014. He then made a second $500,000 loan on July 23, 2014, the second-to-last day covered by a finance report due in late July. That loan was repaid two days later, when a new reporting period started.

    The third $500,000 loan from Colyer was made on Aug. 13, and it’s not clear whether it has been repaid. The next campaign finance report, which would disclose such a repayment, is due Saturday.

    Campaigns move money around—and, yes, loan each other cash—regularly, often to make a campaign’s finances look better than they actually are at the end of a reporting period. However, loaning five hundred large to a Kansas campaign, even for (relatively) innocent reasons, does look a little hinky.

    Colyer also refused at that time to discuss other details about the loans. But he said the campaign didn’t keep his first loan because it wasn’t going to earn much interest.

    Reporters also asked Brownback, after an unrelated statehouse news conference in August, whether he could explain the loans, and he declined.

    “I’m not going to explain the thought process,” Brownback said at the time.

    It will be interesting to see where this investigation goes.


    • Nefercat

      “thought process”