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LJ World: Brownback PAC donations to be used in effort to oust Kansas judges

By Associated Press

TOPEKA — Republican Gov. Sam Brownback is tied to an effort to oust a majority of the Kansas Supreme Court's justices through his PAC, despite saying that he would not get involved.

The latest campaign finance report for Road Map PAC, which was formed by Brownback, showed that it donated a total of $65,000 to Kansans for Life in September and October. The anti-abortion group's executive director, Mary Kay Culp, confirmed Tuesday that the money would go toward its campaign to remove the justices in next week's election, The Wichita Eagle reported.

Abortion opponents want to oust four of the court's seven justices ahead of a ruling in a pending abortion case. They were appointed by moderate GOP Gov. Bill Graves and Democratic Gov. Kathleen Sebelius. Justices are on the ballot every six years for a statewide, yes-or-no vote on whether they remain on the court.

"We're thankful for it," Culp said of the PAC's contributions to her organization. "I think that they understand more than most people do what's at stake here."

Road Map PAC's three contributions to Kansans for Life came before an Oct. 17 news conference in which Brownback told reporters that he intended "to not weigh in on the races."

Asked about the contributions on Tuesday, Brownback said they show his consistent support for the anti-abortion movement. Brownback said he stands by his pledge not to make any public statements on the campaign to oust the judges.

"I don't know what all she (Culp) is using it for," Brownback said of the contributions.

State campaign finance laws do not require any disclosure by groups opposing or supporting Supreme Court justices. But PACs like Road Map that help elect or defeat candidates in partisan races must file campaign finance reports disclosing all their spending.

Read the AP's article at the LJ World.