TOPEKA, Kan. – Just one day after the news broke that liberal Democrat Greg Orman will be secretly raising money at the Massachusetts home of former Congressman Chet Atkins who was run out of Washington after bouncing 127 checks in the infamous House bank scandal, Politico pulls back the curtain in a lengthy report on a secretive dark money super PAC that’s supporting Orman and is funded by San Francisco and New York liberal billionaires.
Calling it a “a dramatic twist for a candidate who staunchly opposes big money in politics,” Politico reports in extensive detail how a small coterie of Orman’s billionaire friends on both coasts are trying to hijack the Kansas Senate election through a new dark money super PAC.
“Greg Orman needs to explain why his liberal billionaire buddies from San Francisco are pouring money into Kansas and trying to mislead voters with a secretive super PAC,” Roberts for Senate campaign manager Corry Bliss said today. “The simple answer of course is that Orman is a dyed-in-the-wool liberal who refuses to be honest with Kansans about who he is and what he really stands for. Orman is trying to duck and dodge until election day and he’s relying on his liberal billionaire friends to back him up.”
Politico further reported today that the secretive pro-Orman super PAC is led by investment tycoons Peter Ackerman and John Burbank. Ackerman is a former top executive at Drexel Burnham Lambert — the junk bond investment company that went bankrupt in 1990 and whose founder, Michael Milken, was found guilty of securities fraud. Ackerman ultimately paid $73 million to settle a civil case by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and Resolution Trust Corp. over losses in savings and loans that had invested in his junk bond schemes.
The pro-Orman dark money groups is also reportedly funded by wealthy San Francisco tech entrepreneur Thomas Layton who describes himself as a friend of Orman’s for many years. Notably, both Orman and Layton founded the so-called Common-Sense Coalition that they formed two years ago under a section of the tax code — 501(c)(4) — that allows it to conceal its donors. Orman mysteriously pulled the Coalition’s website off-line months ago but you can see a picture of Orman and Layton side-by-side by clicking here.
Finally, Politico also reports that former New York City Mayor and billionaire Michael Bloomberg is on the verge of dumping money into Kansas because Orman shares his support for new restrictions on the Second Amendment. As far back as high school, Orman has supported more gun control laws including when he was elected president at the 41st annual American Legion Boys Nation on an anti-Second amendment platform.
“It’s no secret that billionaire Michael Bloomberg wants to take away the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens but he’s apparently now looking at Greg Orman as his vehicle to help do it,” Bliss said.