Lt. Governor's $500,000 loan to Brownback not unusual

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — While a $500,000 loan from Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer to the re-election campaign of Republican Gov. Sam Brownback raised a few eyebrows, analysts say the gift is part of a growing campaign practice.

Colyer made the contribution to Brownback's campaign on Dec. 31, the last day of the recent reporting period. The money pushed Brownback's total for the preceding 12 months to more than $1.6 million. Before the loan, the campaign had raised funds roughly equal to that raised by presumed Democratic nominee Paul Davis.

The Kansas City Star reports ( ) that the practice of private loans has been growing in recent years in U.S. politics.

Analysts say the contributions are legal and a sign that Brownback intends to show Democrats and donors that he's not taking the race lightly.

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