Brownback hit up lobbyists to fund GOP candidates

Gov. Sam Brownback asked lobbyists to contribute to a fundraiser Monday for 14 Republican state Senate candidates, prompting Democratic officials to complain about a pay-to-play system of government. Many of the candidates – including Rep. Dan Kerschen, R-Garden Plain, and Wichita City Council member Michael O’Donnell – defeated GOP incumbents in the August primary. Sponsors of the event, which was held at a Topeka law firm, contributed $1,000 to each candidate, and donors had to contribute $500 to each candidate. The list of sponsors was “a Who’s Who of lobbyists who represent interests in the Statehouse, and people and organizations tied to Brownback,” the Lawrence Journal-World reported.