Kobach ordered to pay $26k in court fines

Capitol Bureau

A federal judge has ordered Secretary of State Kris Kobach to pay more than $26,000 in contempt fines. 

The penalty comes four months after Kobach was found in contempt of court while representing the state during a case against the ACLU that challenged the state’s proof-of-citizenship law.

The federal judge ultimately ruled the state’s proof-of-citizenship law was unconstitutional. 

On Thursday, Governor Jeff Colyer called on Kobach not to use the state’s credit card to pay the court fine, saying it was not a proper use of taxpayer money.

“The people of Kansas send their hard-earned dollars to the state to provide essential services, not to pay fines imposed on government officials for their own misconduct,” Colyer said in a news release.

Following a news conference Thursday morning, Kobach reacted to the governor’s comments.

“First of all, it’ll be appealed. And secondly, the office is the entity that is the defendant in it,” Kobach said.

In 2017, Kobach used a state-issued credit card to pay a $1,000 court fine.

Kobach and Colyer are battling for the republican nomination to be the state’s next governor.

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