Topeka, Kan. - Chuck Yunker, the Department Adjutant at The American Legion Department of Kansas, today denounced the latest Super-PAC ad falsely attacking Senator Roberts’ proud record of serving his fellow veterans.

The ad distorts the truth and uses The American Legion's name to falsely attack Pat Roberts. Senator Roberts stands with Legionnaires in seeking the best possible care for all veterans and his true record proves that.  

"The Committee to Elect an Independent Senate ad is misleading in that it gives the false impression The American Legion endorses candidates," Chuck Yunker, Department Adjutant at the American Legion Department of Kansas said. "The American Legion is prevented from endorsing candidates through its Congressional Charter and our Constitution. I find their tactic of using the good name of our organization offensive and misleading and call upon Mr. Orman to see that it is removed from the air immediately."

“Greg Orman needs to explain why his liberal billionaire friends 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. “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 hide the fact that he doesn’t share Kansas values, as evidenced by his support for abortion, amnesty and Obamacare, and he’s relying on his liberal billionaire friends to back him up.”

BACKGROUND

Politico has previously reported on this secretive pro-Orman super PAC 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 group 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.

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