Kansas Governor.-elect Laura Kelly is selling premium tables at her inaugural ball in January for $10,000.
The plan has the inaugural committee and the state ethics commission conferring over compliance with legal limits on contributions to such celebrations. Kansas law limits contributions to inaugural committees to $2,000. Tickets to Kelly’s ball start at $100 with a top price of $1,000. But her committee is offering a $10,000 “gold” package for a table of 10 seats.
Incoming governors traditionally rely on private donations to pay for the festivities.
The ethics commission has ruled that the value of the food and entertainment is subtracted from the ticket price to determine the contribution. Commission Executive Director Mark Skoglund said Tuesday that his staff and the inaugural committee have been in regular contact.