No charges after federal probe into Kansas election loans

U.S. Attorney for the District of Kansas Barry Grissom (AP Photo/The Kansas City Star, John Sleezer)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s office says federal prosecutors have brought no charges after completing their investigation into loans that the state’s lieutenant governor made to the ticket’s re-election campaign.

In a statement released to The Associated Press, the office said the U.S. attorney’s office was bringing no charges after completing its investigation “regarding campaign finance matters.”

 

In a news joint news release from Brownback’s and Colyer’s offices, they said, “We have been advised by legal counsel that the United States Attorney’s office has concluded an investigation regarding campaign finance matters, and no charges are to be filed.

“As we have stated many times, our campaign finances were conducted in full compliance with applicable law and ethics regulations. We will have no further statements regarding this concluded matter.”

A spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office had no immediate comment.

The three loans totaling $1.5 million raised eyebrows not only because their size is unusual in Kansas politics but because the first two were repaid within days. Some Democrats speculated the loans were an attempt to bolster Brownback’s fundraising totals to make the campaign appear in better shape.

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