January 8, 2015 8:44 pm -

Sam Brownback, looking like he's not terribly happy[su_right_ad]The “rising superstar Republican governor” who essentially bankrupted Kansas and proved that tax cuts really really really don’t close deficits, stimulate business, and create jobs has a potentially bigger problem. Grab the popcorn!

A federal grand jury is looking into loans made to Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s re-election campaign and has ordered the state’s ethics chief to testify next week as part of its investigation, according to a subpoena obtained by The Associated Press.

Carol Williams, the executive director of the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission, was summoned to appear before the grand jury Wednesday in Topeka, according to documents the AP obtained through an open records request. She also was ordered to provide documents pertaining to loans Brownback’s campaign received in 2013 and 2014.

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 and others from Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer. Colyer loaned Brownback’s campaign $500,000 in August — the third such loan the governor’s running mate made to their re-election bid — 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.

We can safely say that the grand jury can rule out one source pretty quickly: state revenue![su_center_ad]

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D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

34 responses to Federal Grand Jury Probes Sam Brownback

  1. tracey marie January 8th, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    this is great

    • dave-dr-gonzo January 8th, 2015 at 8:49 pm

      Sam and Christie would make terrific cell mates, don’tchathink?

      • tracey marie January 8th, 2015 at 8:51 pm

        I hope their aren’t bunkbeds and christie is on the top bunk. Seems the goptp candidates are falling all over the place

        • rg9rts January 9th, 2015 at 5:56 am

          PIQUE……LOL…….pitty pum pum

      • StoneyCurtisll January 8th, 2015 at 9:19 pm

        I dont know if both of their egos could fit in a single cell..

      • tracey marie January 8th, 2015 at 9:24 pm

        hey, maybe ricky with his smart man glasses can share a cell with him

        • StoneyCurtisll January 8th, 2015 at 9:25 pm

          Those are ‘hipster glasses”..

          • tracey marie January 8th, 2015 at 9:35 pm

            lol, I stand corrected

          • StoneyCurtisll January 8th, 2015 at 9:43 pm

            Make no mistake about it…
            His glasses make him no more hip than the creepy glasses that Jeffery Dahmer wore…

          • tracey marie January 8th, 2015 at 9:46 pm

            good one. His stylist told him they would make him look like a wise older states, a leadermen

          • StoneyCurtisll January 8th, 2015 at 9:47 pm

            Jeff Dahmer or Rick perry?….LOL

          • tracey marie January 8th, 2015 at 9:50 pm

            both…the pic was great

          • StoneyCurtisll January 8th, 2015 at 9:49 pm

            Creepy glasses…


          • tracey marie January 8th, 2015 at 9:54 pm

            conan does creep me out

      • GreatLakeSailor January 8th, 2015 at 11:21 pm

        Add Scott Walker for the triple play…or three stooges. Naw, the three stooges were better than that.

        Add Rick Perry for the Four Horsemen.

        • fahvel January 9th, 2015 at 12:33 pm

          a real apocalypse.

        • eyelashviper January 9th, 2015 at 3:38 pm

          I’ll gladly contribute Rick Scott…

  2. fancypants January 8th, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    the political clown fight continues in Kansas

    in one corner we have Kathleen Sebelius

    and her opponent Sam Brownback
    who is going to have the worst reputation

    • StoneyCurtisll January 8th, 2015 at 9:14 pm

      As a resident of a city that borders Kansas..(Kansas City MO)
      I dont recall any allegations of corruption while Kathleen Sebelius was (democratic) Governor of Kansas..
      The only uproar that I am aware of was from the right wing when Sebelius was the head of the HHS..
      Nothing but partisan bickering over the roll out of the AFC.

      • Carla Akins January 8th, 2015 at 9:30 pm

        No, she’s hated. The guy that sits behind me, at work was bitching about her just this morning. Then again, Kansas – a Republican’s paradise.

        • StoneyCurtisll January 8th, 2015 at 9:53 pm

          Key word…”Kansas”..:)

          • Carla Akins January 8th, 2015 at 10:13 pm

            Laughing! Yeah, me too. It must be confusing for those who’ve never been here to understand how we see the metro as a single location.

          • StoneyCurtisll January 8th, 2015 at 10:16 pm

            I remember going to concerts as a kid..
            And being greeted as “hello Kansas”…
            Never let it bother me…(they had more important things to think about)

          • Carla Akins January 8th, 2015 at 11:15 pm

            We moved from KC to Lake of the Ozarks when I was 12 – it was a constant argument over professional sports teams. Everyone there were (and are) St Louis fans because KC teams where Kansas teams.

          • rg9rts January 9th, 2015 at 5:55 am

            Like finding toto

          • StoneyCurtisll January 8th, 2015 at 10:20 pm


        • StoneyCurtisll January 8th, 2015 at 10:12 pm

          I work with the same type of people…
          We have to live/work with them every day..
          I do my best to avoid the topic of politics at work..
          I just do my job and mind my own business..

          • rg9rts January 9th, 2015 at 5:54 am

            Lynch mob when you leave??

      • fancypants January 9th, 2015 at 11:22 pm

        if I remember right Obama thought she was to blame for the computer glitches that were occurring after the program started. The right wing nut jobs decided to pour gas on the fire in hopes it would help abolish Obama care
        I guess it didn’t work

  3. granpa.usthai January 9th, 2015 at 12:40 am

    maybe they used state revenues that weren’t there?

    when Congressperson Mark Sanford was governor (R) SC, he used state monies to take an Argentina Tail Hiking Trip. When caught about a year later, he just merely paid the money back.

    • Carla Akins January 9th, 2015 at 8:41 am

      Do you recall the budget that Paul Ryan suggested to Congress a few years back? Brownback essentially copied that data for the state of Kansas. Business owner’s are not taxed – so they can “create jobs”. He’s gutted the educational system, was taken to court and now been told he has to replace those millions, and instead of accepting ACA – he started the states own Medicaid system call KanCare. It’s awful, it’s been awful from the beginning and getting worse.

  4. rg9rts January 9th, 2015 at 5:52 am

    Just had some Kansan brag to me how little federal money they get…..

  5. Carla Akins January 9th, 2015 at 8:35 am

    I’ll just drop this here.

  6. annaaurora January 11th, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    Husband and I have been talking about moving and Kansas City came up. We’re both traditionally mid-west kinda folks. I have to say between the Kochs and what Brownback has done I think not. Not even the Missouri side. Uuughh.