David Kensinger

There have been reports around the Kansas Statehouse that there is an FBI investigation into how contracts were awarded for KanCare, the state's privately managed Medicaid program. As KPR's Stephen Koranda reports, someone has now come forward to say the investigation exists.

Former Republican Kansas state Senator Dick Kelsey says the FBI contacted him and interviewed him several times. He says a focus of the investigation is David Kensinger, a former chief of staff to Governor Brownback.

Governor Sam Brownback says that he will talk with the FBI if contacted about an investigation into allegations about the way contracts to operate Kansas’ Medicaid program were awarded.

Governor Brownback says he’s directed state employees to cooperate fully if they are contacted by the FBI.

Several news outlets have reported the existence of an FBI probe into the activities of Brownback confidante David Kensinger and his Topeka firm, Parallel Strategies, which he and two former Brownback staffers formed last year.

The FBI is examining whether Governor Sam Brownback’s former chief of staff and a lobbying and consulting firm he helped found are trading on their ties to the governor to benefit themselves and others financially.

A person familiar with the inquiry told The Associated Press the FBI has been looking for several months into the activities of Brownback's confidante David Kensinger and his Topeka firm, Parallel Strategies. Kensinger and two former Brownback staffers formed last year.

Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer loaned $500,000 to Gov. Sam Brownback's re-election campaign at the end of 2013.

Financial disclosure reports submitted to the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission by the Brownback campaign revealed the last-minute loan from Colyer, Brownback's Republican running-mate. The contribution pushed the governor's total receipts for the year to $1.6 million.

Brownback's Democratic challenger Paul Davis had $1 million in total receipts for the year.

Democrat Paul Davis raised a little more than $1 million in cash contributions in less than five months for his campaign to unseat Republican incumbent Sam Brownback in the Kansas governor's race.

Davis' campaign also reported Wednesday that it ended 2013 with almost $771,000 in his campaign treasury. Davis is the Kansas House minority leader and launched his campaign in early August.

His campaign described the fundraising as unprecedented for a challenger.

A close ally of Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback says the Republican raised more than $1.6 million in cash contributions last year for his re-election campaign.

Brownback Expected To Seek Second Term

Jun 21, 2013

A top political supporter confirms that Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback will seek a second term next year.