FACT CHECK: Senator Roberts' Big-Money Outside Allies Launch New, Misleading Ad Against Independent Businessman Greg Orman

FACT CHECK: Senator Roberts' Big-Money Outside Allies Launch New, Misleading Ad Against Independent Businessman Greg Orman

Ad Misleadingly Edits Footage of Orman Speaking In Clear Effort to Deceive Voters About Orman’s Positions

SHAWNEE, Kan. — Senator Roberts’ out of state special interest friends are hoping they can rescue his increasingly desperate campaign by launching a new round of attacks on independent businessman Greg Orman, and clipping videos to take Orman’s words out of context in a desperate attempt to mislead the voters of Kansas.

“Washington is broken, and Senator Roberts’ and his friends misleading attacks continue to prove he’s part of the problem there. These latest desperate misleading attack ads by Senator Roberts and his allies are willing to say or do anything to try to save his job in Washington,” said Orman for Senate Campaign Manager Jim Jonas. “Kansans are tired of the false negative attack ads, and theyre supporting Greg Orman because he’s a successful businessman with a record of starting and growing companies, creating jobs and solving problems.”

This isn’t the first time the Roberts camp has edited audio or video in an effort to mislead voters about where Orman stands. In early September, the Roberts campaign was criticized for releasing a web-ad that spliced together audio of Orman talking over other video to mislead voters. Now, Roberts out-of-state big money special interest allies are up to the same tricks.






FALSE ATTACK: Ad falsely claims Orman “Isn’t Being Straight” With Kansas.


“We've seen his slick ads. What do we really know about Greg Orman? Orman won’t be straight with Kansans about his business dealings”


While Orman has been consistent in his positions, it’s Roberts who’s been misleading or inconsistent on many issues. For example:


Senator Roberts says he does not support guest worker programs, but he used to.


Senator Roberts “Rhetoric Is Not Entirely Consistent With Roberts’ Record.” Reported The Hutchinson News, “On the campaign trail, Roberts’ rhetoric on immigration and guest workers has been sharp. A check finds the rhetoric is not entirely consistent with Roberts’ record.” [The Hutchinson News,9/30/14]


FACT: Senator Roberts Blasted Guestworker Programs With Conservative Talk Show Host During Recent Campaign Appearance


Senator Roberts Told Conservative Talk Show Host He Opposed Guestworker Program. Reported The Hutchinson News, “Running for a fourth term, Roberts was interviewed last week by conservative radio talk show host Laura Ingraham. “Are you for doubling the number of guest workers as some of your colleagues in the Senate want to do, claiming there’s an impending labor shortage in the United States of America? Are you for that?” Ingraham asked. “Absolutely not,” Roberts said. Ingraham liked the answer. “Well, I think that’s a sweet spot in your race. I think, of all the issues in your race,” Ingraham told Roberts, “that’s it.”” [The Hutchinson News, 9/30/14]


FACT: Senator Roberts Has Frequently Voted For And Supported Guestworker Programs


Senator Roberts Voted to Create 1996 Guest Worker Program. Reported The Hutchinson News, “In March 1996, the House Agriculture Committee voted 25-13 to create a temporary guest worker program to accommodate farm interests, according to The New York Times. Among those voting yes was Roberts, the House Agriculture Committee chairman.” [The Hutchinson News,9/30/14]


Roberts Voted to Create Guest Worker Program In 1996. According to the Associated Press, “The House later rejected, 242-180, an amendment backed by agriculture interests that would have created a new guest worker program allowing for the admission of 250,000 farm workers a year for a maximum of 10 months.” Roberts voted in support of the measure, in favor of creating a new guest worker program with 250,000 workers [Associated Press, 3/22/96; House Roll Call Vote 85, 3/21/1996]


Senator Roberts Voted For Second Guest Worker Program. Reported The Hutchinson News, “As a freshman senator, Roberts voted for a Temporary Farm Workers Amendment. Project Vote Smart described it as: “An amendment that would begin a federal job registry of temporary and seasonal jobs as well as a recommendation to create visas to allow more foreign workers into the United States for agricultural work.”” [The Hutchinson News,9/30/14]


Senator Roberts Advocated Around State For Guestworker Programs.Reported The Hutchinson News, ““Roberts: Guestworker program needed,” read the headline in 2005 in The Hays Daily News. In 2011, Roberts said in a story carried by The Garden City Telegram that he supported an agriculture jobs bill that would allow people to come into the country on a temporary basis.” [The Hutchinson News, 9/30/14]


2005 HEADLINE: “Roberts says guestworker program needed” [Hays Daily News, 1/17/05]


In 2005 Roberts Said Nation Needs Guest-Worker Program. Reported the Salina Journal, “Sen. Pat Roberts , R-Kan., said Friday that the nation needs a guest-worker proposal for foreign workers in light of the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants who live and work in the United States today.” [Salina Journal, 1/15/05]


After Immigration Bill Failed in 2007, Roberts Worked to Create New Guestworker Program. Reported the Manhattan Mercury, “In response to a question about recently failed immigration legislation, Roberts said he is working on a guest-worker bill that would allow foreign workers to come into the U.S., gain legal identification, work for a time.” [Manhattan Mercury, 10/10/07]


Roberts Supported Guest Worker Programs In 2011. Reported the Garden City News, “"If we're talking about comprehensive immigration reform, again, the president's got to lead. You have to prove to the American people that you have truly done the best you can on behalf of border security," he said. Roberts said border security would never be 100 percent effective, but it needs to be better. He said he supports an agriculture jobs bill that would allow people to come to the U.S. to work on a temporary basis. "It benefits them, and it benefits the economy ... You do it legally, and not with all of the problems we have," he said.” [Garden City Telegram, 2/24/11]



Senator Roberts Attacks Greg For Supporting Background Checks on Gun Sales – Just Like He’s Supported


FACT: Senator Roberts Held Same Position On Background Checks As Greg



Senator Roberts Once Said He’d Serve 12 Years – Now He’s Running for 24


FACT: When He First Ran For Senate, Senator Roberts Mislead Voters and Said He’d Only Serve 2 Terms. Obviously - 18 Years Later - He Wasn’t Being Honest



FALSE ATTACK: Attack Ad Falsely Claims Orman Supports Amnesty


“or his support for amnesty for illegal immigrants”

FACT: When Senator Roberts First Got To Washington, There Were Fewer Than 1 Million Illegal Immigrants, Now There Are Nearly 12 Million



FACT: Greg Orman Supports Common Sense Immigration Just Like Many of Senator Roberts’ Most Prominent Supporters Do


Greg Orman’s actual immigration policy matches that of the very people Pat Roberts has brought in to save his campaign.  Greg’s position, like that of Bob Dole, John McCain and Jeb Bush, is that we have to adopt a policy that’s tough, practical and fair.


You can read his full plan at http://www.ormanforsenate.com/issues


Former Sen. Bob Dole (R-KS):  And he took aim at his own party, arguing that Republicans need to sew up their internal divisions and learn to “give a little to get a lot.” He expressed dismay at the failure of Congress to pass immigration reform to and said the next GOP presidential nominee must be “somebody with a program.”[Politico, 4/24/14]


Former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL):  “You have to deal with this issue. You can’t ignore it, and so either a path to citizenship, which I would support... a path to residency of some kind,” [National Journal, 6/11/12]


Sen. John McCain (R-AZ): “We can’t go on forever with 11 million people living in this country in the shadows in an illegal status. We cannot forever have children who were brought here by their parents when they were small children to live in the shadows, as well. So I think the time is right.”[ThinkProgress,1/27/13]




FACT: Dozens Of Leading Republicans – Including Several That Senator Roberts Has Recently Campaigned With – Agree That Greg Orman’s Position On Common Sense Immigration Reform Is NOT Amnesty


  • Former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL) [Wall Street Journal, 5/31/07]
  • Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) [MSNBC, 1/28/13]
  • House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) [Roll Call, 3/3/14]
  • Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) [Yahoo News, 6/12/13]
  • Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) [ThinkProgress, 8/28/13]
  • Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) [HotAir.com, 4/28/14]
  • Former RNC Chair Ken Mehlman [Wall Street Journal, 5/31/07]
  • Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) [GreenVille News, 6/29/07]
  • Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) [Salt Lake Tribune,6/25/13]
  • Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) [Las Vegas Review-Journal, 6/26/13]
  • Gov. Sam Brownback (R-KS) [Iowa Public Television, 5/11/07]
  • Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) [Fox News Sunday, 4/14/13]
  • Nevada State GOP [Las Vegas Review-Journal, 1/31/13]
  • Rep. Mark Amodei (R-NV) [Gannett, 8/14/13]
  • President George W. Bush [New York Times, 5/15/06]
  • Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) [Crains Chicago Business,2/4/14]
  • Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) [AZ Central, 8/26/13]
  • Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell (R-AK) [JoeForLiberty.com, 8/5/14]
  • Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) [Office of Senator Ayotte, 6/9/13]
  • Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) [Jackson Sun, 6/28/13]
  • Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) [ThinkProgress, 8/12/13]
  • Rep. Joe Heck (R-NV) [Las Vegas Review-Journal, 11/15/13]
  • Former Gov. Haley Barbour (R-MS) [Bloomberg, 1/31/14]



FALSE ATTACK: Ad Attacks Orman on Obamacare


“or repealing Obamacare.  "You know that's an interesting question"”

Orman has been clear and consistent that he would have voted against the ACA and even gave a donation to Scott Brown to try to stop it from happening.  Despite being called out for lying Roberts and his allies continue to use this attack.


FACT: Orman Opposed the ACA and Even Made a Contribution to Scott Brown to Try to Stop it


Orman Would Have Voted Against ACA. As the AP reported, “Orman described President Barack Obama's signature health care law as not achieving the goal of decreasing health care costs and said he would have opposed it. "I thought at the time we were expanding a broken system," he told the AP. But he also called Republican attempts to repeal the law impractical, considering that Obama remains in office and would veto any repeal. "It sounds like a hollow political promise they can't keep." [Associated Press, 9/10/2014]


Roberts Already Called Out for Misleading Health Care Attacks.  “Trouble is, the source material cherry-picked by the Roberts camp also explained that Orman said he wouldn’t have voted for the Affordable Care Act. Instead, he thought that repeated efforts to repeal the signature initiative of the sitting president were a huge waste of time… There’s nothing new, or even unusual, about politicians skewing the truth or repeating misleading statements to voters. But the level of misinformation from the Roberts camp – and the sophomoric way in which it’s being doled out – reeks of a campaign in the throes of fearful desperation.” [Hutchinson News, 9/17/2014]


Orman Contributed to Scott Brown in 2010 to Stop the ACA. Reported the Associated Press, Orman “said he contributed to the 2010 campaign of former Massachusetts Republican Sen. Scott Brown - $2,000, records show - in an effort to block the advance of the federal health care law President Barack Obama signed that year.” [Associated Press, 10/8/14]



FALSE ATTACK: Ad Attacks Orman For Political Contributions


“And Orman can't explain giving thousands to liberals, Barack Obama, Harry Reid and Hilary Clinton. So who Is Greg Orman?”

FACT: Greg Orman Has Donated to Candidate From Both Parties, But He’s Given More to Independent Groups Trying to Fix Our Broken Political System


Greg has tried to support candidates from both parties over the years - and like a lot of voters, he's been disappointed time and again.  That's why he's running as an Independent.  The system is broken, and we have to try something new.


  • Scott Brown for Congress, $2,000, 1/12/2010
  • Republican National Committee, $250, 6/12/1997
  • Republican National Committee, $250, 10/23/1996
  • National Republican Congressional Committee, $350, 2/22/1999
  • National Republican Congressional Committee, $250, 4/13/1998
  • National Republican Congressional Committee, $500, 12/18/2001
  • Adam Taff for Congress, $250, 9/21/2002
  • David Adkins (KS Atty General), $1,000, 6/5/2002
  • Mary Seifert Gov. Dist Committee (MN), $500, 9/30/2002
  • Harry E. McDonald III (KS Board of Education), $100, 6/28/2006
  • Annie Presley for Kansas City (MO), $500, 1/26/2011.
  • Eric Carter (Insurance Commissioner), $2,000, 10/8/2005


In recent years, Greg has contributed to more to independent groups, trying to change our political process:


Common Sense Coalition: contributions totaling more than $200,000

Americans Elect: $25,000

Concord Coalition: $10,000


FACT: Greg’s Been Both a Registered Republican and a Registered Democrat, But He’s Spent Most of His Adult Life As a Registered Independent.


In 2001 Greg changed his Kansas registration status from Republican to unaffiliated.  He registered as a Democrat in November of 2007 as he was contemplating running for the Senate.  He changed back unaffiliated in February of 2010 and has been unaffiliated ever since.


Read More About Greg’s Background as An Independent:




FACT: Businessman Greg Orman Is Drawing Support From Across The Political Spectrum For His Independent Campaign


Journal-World: “Former GOP lawmakers support Orman for Senate”[Lawrence Journal World, 9/3/14]


Eagle: “Senate candidate Greg Orman receives endorsements from former Republican lawmakers” [Wichita Eagle, 9/3/14]


Capital Journal: “Republican group endorses Orman for Senate”[Topeka Capital Journal, 9/3/14]


WIBW: “GOP Group Stands Behind Independent Orman” [WIBW,9/23/14]


Orman Earned Endorsement of More Than 70 Former GOP Lawmakers.Reported the Wichita Eagle, “More than 70 former Republican lawmakers announced their support for the independent candidate for U.S. Senate over incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts on Wednesday. Traditional Republicans for Common Sense, which is made up of moderate Republicans who have served in the Kansas Legislature, chose to endorse Greg Orman over Roberts and Democrat Chad Taylor.” [Wichita Eagle, 9/3/14]


Orman Earned Support From GOP State Chair. Reported the Wichita Eagle, “Rochelle Chronister, a former GOP state chairwoman who has endorsed Orman, praised the independent as someone “who is not afraid of the far right radicals” and who will work toward solutions.” [Wichita Eagle,9/28/14]


AP: “Democrat Endorses Orman for US Senate” [AP, 8/22/14]


Orman Drawing Support Because Of Bipartisan Promise. Reported the Associated Press, “Sherow says many Democrats are supporting Orman because of his promise of bipartisanship…Sherow said strict party lines are breaking down in Kansas and a core middle ground is emerging.” [AP,8/22/14]


FALSE ATTACK: Ad Takes Footage of Greg Out of Context to Make Misleading Point


Audio of Greg: "He's just a liberal masquerading as an independent"


FACT: Ad Uses Footage Cut Out of Context to Mislead Voters


Ad Used Footage Of Orman Cut In Misleading Fashion. As Politico noted, “That quote comes from a video cut by the Orman campaign. Here’s Orman’s full quote: “The attacks on me are predictable. [GOP Sen.] Pat Roberts has come out and said, ‘He’s just a liberal masquerading as an independent.’ The Democrats have started calling me a conservative. The truth is, I’m a fiscally responsible, socially tolerant independent businessman who just wants to solve our country’s problems.”” [Politico, 10/9/14]


FACT: This Isn’t the First Time Roberts Camp Has Gotten In Trouble for Doctoring Audio


Headline: “Orman says Roberts campaign doctored audio in latest video ad” [Lawrence Journal-World, 9/12/14]


Roberts Camp Misleadingly Edited Audio To Create Impression Orman Said Something He Hadn’t. Reported the Topeka Capital Journal, “Orman campaign manager Jim Jonas tossed a red flag on the final element in that series, declaring it “fake audio” of Orman. Jonas urged Roberts to withdraw the ad because it contained doctored tape of Orman’s comments about partisanship in the context of Social Security and the national debt. A transcript of the debate shows Orman said: “By the way, just so we're clear, I agree that both chambers of Congress are running in an overly partisan way.” The remainder of his answer didn't include the phrase “with the senator.”” [Topeka Capital Journal, 9/12/14]


Review Of Audio In Roberts Ad Revealed It Had Been Manipulated. Reported the Lawrence Journal-World, “In the final clip, Orman is seen and heard saying, "By the way, just so we're clear ..." and then his face disappears from the screen while the voice continues, "... I agree with Senator Roberts." The video and audio are mixed as if to suggest that was one complete sentence in which the video fades away while the voice continues. But a review of the audio of the Sept. 6 debate in Hutchinson reveals that what Orman really said in response to the question about Social Security was: "By the way, just so we're clear, I agree that both chambers of Congress ... are run in an overly partisan way." He stumbled slightly over the word "Congress."” [Lawrence Journal-World, 9/12/14]

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