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Democratic Lawmaker Wants Review Of Kansas Campaign Laws

Kansas Legislature

A Democratic legislator says Kansas lawmakers need to rewrite campaign finance laws to close what he sees as a loophole involving loans by candidates to their own campaigns.

Democratic Rep. Jim Ward of Wichita called for a review of campaign finance laws Wednesday. His comments came after the U.S. attorney's office in Kansas said it expected no federal criminal charges to be filed from an investigation of loans by Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer to his and Gov. Sam Brownback's re-election campaign.

Colyer made three loans of $500,000 each, and two of them were repaid within days. Colyer said in August that the loans were "good money management," but Ward on Wednesday called them "scam loans."

Ward said such short-term loans deceive the public and legislators should stop them.