Type to search

WATCH: The Koch Brothers Are Worried About Kansas

Memo Pad Politics

WATCH: The Koch Brothers Are Worried About Kansas


In the latest clear sign that Republicans fear for Senator Pat Roberts’ (R-KS) political future, Kansas natives Charles and David Koch have waded into their home state’s Senate campaign with an ad attacking Independent candidate Greg Orman as a tool of liberal Democrats.

“It’s a simple question,” the ad begins. “Do you support President Obama and his liberal agenda? Or do you believe Kansas and America can do better?”

“Greg Orman: Liberal Democrats across America support him because they know he’ll support President Obama,” it continues, citing Orman’s past donations to Democratic candidates. “It isn’t complicated: A vote for Greg Orman is one more vote for Barack Obama.”

The ad was created by Freedom Partners Action Fund, a SuperPAC linked to Freedom Partners, a 501(c)6 nonprofit organization. As The Huffington Post has reported, Freedom Partners serves as a “central bank” for the Koch brothers’ political activity, and distributed $41.7 million to various Koch-linked organizations in 2013.

The SuperPAC has spent more than $3 million attacking Democratic candidates in 2014, but this six-figure ad buy is the first time it has spent money on the suddenly competitive Kansas race.

Orman is not a Democrat, although Republicans would certainly prefer that Kansans think of him that way. While Senator Roberts is unpopular in the Sunflower State — a recent Public Policy Polling survey found his approval rating at just 29 percent — President Obama is arguably even more disliked. The same poll found Obama’s approval rating at 33 percent, and respondents agreed 49 to 39 percent that they’d prefer Republicans to control the Senate. The closer Republicans can link Orman and Obama in voters’ minds, the better chance Roberts has of escaping with his career intact.

Orman is running as a centrist and has not signaled which party he would caucus with if he were elected to the Senate. But with no Democrat on the ballot, he can be expected to win most of Kansas’ Democratic voters. He leads Roberts by 2 percent in The Huffington Post’s poll average.

Screenshot: YouTube

Want more political news and analysis? Sign up for our daily email newsletter!

Henry Decker

Henry Decker was formerly the Managing Editor of The National Memo. He is currently an Online Associate at MRCampaigns.

  • 1

You Might also Like


  1. Dominick Vila September 24, 2014

    The sad part is that billionaires, such as the Koch brothers enjoy tax exempt status for money spent on partisan politics, while the voices of people like most of us remain silent.
    A similar tactic is being used in Florida where a political commercial highlights the fact that former Republican Governor Charlie Crist, now running as a Democrat, once acknowledged that the Affordable Care Act was a great thing. Needless to say, a statement like that is nothing short of sacrilege for most Republicans, and the ultimate evidence of evil.
    Thank God for billionaires like Bill Gates, who instead of spending much of his fortune demonizing politicians he doesn’t like, and policies or programs he finds offensive, spends much of his fortune trying to help eradicate misery, famine, and disease.

  2. Terry September 25, 2014

    The midterm elections won’t change who the President. Are they running against their opponent of President Obama? Really?

  3. trm September 25, 2014

    Thank goodness for the Koch brothers, only ones able to fight George Soras’s billions. Without them Sorass and his political puppets would control everything. Koch’s might control oil, but Sorass uses politicians to manipulate the stock and money markets for his personal gains. The good news, This clash of titans does redistribute some of their wealth to local economy’s

    1. joe schmo September 25, 2014

      Agreed, but watch out for Soros…..he is an expert at taking down a countries economy. He almost did this to England. He is a pure unadultrated globalist creep who preys and thrives on a countries financial instabilities. He has his hackles behind the scenes of every group imaginable. He is a self-proclaimed God and only cares about yours truly.

      1. oldlion September 28, 2014

        Gee, he, Soros, sounds a lot like Mitt Romney.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.