Kayyem loans $200,000 to her campaign for governor

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 ex-Globe editorial page columnist, deposited the money into her political account earlier this week, according to campaign finance records.

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

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

Patton also took issue with the perception that she is battling to get the necessary 15 percent of the delegate vote in order 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.