State ethics panel will not act on complaint against Brownback

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s spokeswoman says the Kansas ethics commission is not acting on a top Democrat’s complaint against the governor’s re-election campaign.

Brownback spokeswoman Eileen Hawley said the commission notified the campaign of its decision Wednesday.

The commission emerged from a 20-minute closed session Wednesday without saying anything about the complaint filed last month by Kansas Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley.

Commission members and staff did not comment.

The Topeka Democrat accused Brownback’s 2014 re-election campaign of violating state law by using its funds to pay lawyers more than $167,000 last year.

A federal grand jury last year investigated three loans to the campaign in 2013 and 2014 totaling $1.5 million from Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer. The U.S. attorney’s office said in June there would be no criminal charges.

 

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