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Panel Says Kansas Law Limits GoFundMe Donations For Schwab Family

A view of the Verruckt water slide at the Schlitterbahn water park (credit: Frank Morris, KCUR)

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission says state law limits contributions by lobbyists to a GoFundMe campaign to cover the funeral expenses for a state lawmaker's son who died at a water park. The commission said Monday that contributions to the campaign to help Representative Scott Schwab's family fall under the state's $40-a-year limit on gifts from lobbyists to legislators. The commission also said lobbyists must report their contributions to the state. The commission had a short teleconference Monday to respond to what Executive Director Carol Williams said were numerous inquiries from lobbyists. Ten-year-old Caleb Thomas Schwab died Sunday at the Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kansas, while riding what's billed as the world's largest waterslide. TheGoFundMe campaign had raised more than $20,000 as of Monday afternoon.

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