TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Former state Representative Patricia
Kilpatrick was fined $45,000 last year for campaign finance
violations. But she hasn't started paying the fine.
The Kansas Ethics Commission issued the fine last December after
state investigators alleged Kilpatrick spent campaign funds on
personal expenses such as rent and child care.
Efforts to collect on the fine may be thwarted now that
Kilpatrick has declared bankruptcy. State ethics officials say
Kilpatrick may never have to pay if a judge agrees to discharge the
But she says if a judge tells her to pay, she will.
Kilpatrick served two years as a Republican representative from
Overland Park. She left the Legislature earlier this year and has
maintained her innocence. She says a former campaign worker drained