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Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Juliette Kayyem, whose candidacy is on the line as she battles to gain a spot on the ballot, has dipped into her personal funds to loan her campaign $200,000.

Kayyem, a former homeland security official and former columnist for the Globe’s Op-
Ed page, deposited the money in her political account earlier this week, according to campaign finance records.

Her campaign manager, Matthew Patton, said Kayyem’s money will be used to cover the cost of her activities in the recent series of Democratic caucuses across the state, where party activists elected delegates to the June 14 state convention.

He said her use of her own money is “a demonstration of her commitment to the race’’ and not any lack of fund-raising prowess.


“This pays for the campaign to continue after the caucuses,’’ Patton said.

“We spent almost everything we had. It’s a cash-flow thing, and now she is back to fund-raising.’’

Patton also took issue with the perception that she is battling to get the necessary 15 percent of the delegate vote to qualify for the September Democratic primary election ballot. Party rules require statewide candidates to clear that hurdle on the first ballot at the June convention.

“That’s not the right assessment, that we are struggling,’’ Patton said.

He said Kayyem’s money comes from a gift she received some years ago from her brother, who had made a large profit in the sale of his company and shared some of the proceeds with her and with her sister.

Frank Phillips can be reached at frank.phillips@globe.com.