RECORDS SHOW SENATOR ROBERTS HAS REPEATEDLY SKIPPED HEARINGS TO ATTEND FUNDRAISERS FOR HIS CAMPAIGN

RECORDS SHOW SENATOR ROBERTS HAS REPEATEDLY SKIPPED HEARINGS TO ATTEND FUNDRAISERS FOR HIS CAMPAIGN

CAN’T FIND TIME TO DO JOB KANSANS PAY HIM FOR BUT FINDS TIME FOR WASHINGTON SPECIAL INTERESTS WHO WANT TO PAY INTO HIS CAMPAIGN

SHAWNEE Kan. – At least sixteen times Sen. Pat Roberts has skipped out on committee hearings on the same day – sometimes at the exact same time – that he found time to go to political fundraisers where special interests and lobbyists shelled out money for his campaign, records show.

He skipped one morning Finance Committee hearing on “The Cayman Islands and Offshore Tax Issues,” but attended a $2,000-a-plate breakfast that very same morning hosted by “The Investment Company Institute,” which has promoted a bill that would expand the ability of U.S. companies to use shell corporations in the Cayman Islands to avoid paying U.S. taxes.

The list of hearings that Senator Roberts skipped on the same days he made time for fundraisers includes important meetings on tax reform, the financial crisis, and prescription drug shortages.

“This is another example of how broken Washington is,” Orman for Senate campaign manager Jim Jonas said. “Sen. Roberts lives in Virginia, barely visits Kansas, and can’t find the time to do the job Kansans pay him for, but he has repeatedly found time to attend fundraisers hosted by special interests.”

The list of skipped hearings/attended fundraisers on the Finance Committee includes:

  • June 19, 2012: Senator Roberts skipped a hearing of the Senate Finance Committee on “Confronting the Looming Fiscal Crisis,” but attended a National Republican Senatorial Fundraiser in his honor at Washington, D.C.’s Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse with requested contributions of between $1,000 to $2,500.
  • Sept. 20, 2011: Senator Roberts skipped a hearing of the Senate Finance Committee on “Tax Reform Options: Incentives for Innovation” but attended a fundraiser hosted by Young Professionals for Roberts in downtown Washington, DC, with requested campaign contributions of up to $1,000.
  • May 25, 2011: Senator Roberts skipped a hearing of the Finance Committee on “U.S.-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement” but attended a campaign fundraiser hosted by Young Professionals for Roberts in downtown Washington, DC with requested campaign contributions of up to $1,000.
  • March 17, 2009: Senator Roberts skipped a hearing of the Finance Committee on "Ponzi Schemes and Tax Evasion," but made time to attend a fundraiser for PAT PAC, his personal political action committee, at Johnny's Half Shell, a fancy DC restaurant, with donations of $500 to $2,000.
  • Sept. 23, 2008: Senator Roberts skipped a hearing of the Finance Committee on “Covering the Uninsured: Making Health Insurance Markets Work” but attended a “Breakfast for Pat Roberts,” with checks of $500 to $1,000 made payable to Roberts for Senate at a consulting firm in the heart of Washington, DC.
  • Sept. 16: 2008: Senator Roberts skipped a hearing of the Finance Committee on “Aligning Incentives: The Case for Delivery System Reform,” but attended a “Lunch for Pat Roberts” fundraiser held at The Monocle Restaurant, a fancy DC steakhouse right by the Senate office complex, with requested contributions of up to $2,500,
  • July 24, 2008: Senator Roberts skipped a hearing of the Finance Committee held at 10 a.m. on “The Cayman Islands and Offshore Tax Issues,” but attended an 8:30 a.m. fundraising breakfast hosted by The Investment Company Institute – a company that promotes Cayman Island tax shelters – with a suggested contribution of $2,000 with checks made payable to Roberts for Senate.
  • June 26, 2008: Senator Roberts skipped a hearing of the Senate Finance Committee held at 10 a.m. on “Foundation of International Tax Reform: Worldwide, Territorial, and Something in Between,” but attended a “Breakfast for Pat Roberts," at 8:30 a.m., hosted by VASPAC with contributions ranging from $500 to $1,000 with checks made payable to “Roberts for Senate.”
  • June 12, 2008: Senator Roberts skipped a hearing of the Senate Finance Committee on "Oversight of U.S. Trade Preference Programs,” but attended a “Dinner for Preserving America’s Traditions" Roberts' personal special interest PAC, with contributions ranging from $1,000 to $2,000.

The list of HELP Committee hearings Senator Roberts skipped on the same day he attended fundraisers includes:

  • December 8, 2011: Senator Roberts missed a hearing on "Barriers facing the long-term unemployed," but found time to attend a PATPAC fundraiser seeking donations of up to $2,000 per attendee at "The Caucus Room."
  • December 15, 2011: Senator Roberts missed a hearing on "Prescription Drug Shortages" but found time to attend an NRSC fundraiser at Charlie Palmer Steak seeking donations of $1,000-$2,000 per person.
  • March 7, 2011: Senator Roberts missed a hearing on "Health Insurance Exchanges," but found time to attend a fundraiser for his campaign committee at Bullfeathers of Capitol Hill, asking for $500-$2,000 donations.
  • March 11, 2010: Senator Roberts missed a hearing on "Pay Equity in the new American Workplace," but attended a Roberts for Senate fundraiser at Ocenaire Seafood Room soliciting $500-$2,000 donations.
  • June 24, 2008: Senator Roberts missed a hearing on "Emergence of the Superbug," but attended a Roberts for Senate fundraiser with the NRSC seeking $500-$2,500 donations.

The list of Agriculture Committee hearings Senator Roberts skipped on the same day he attended fundraisers includes:

  • December 2, 2009: Senator Roberts missed a hearing on "Over the Counter Derivatives" but found time to attend a PATPAC fundraiser at Bobby Van's Grill, another fancy DC steakhouse, charging $500-$1,500 a plate for individual donors.
  • November 18, 2009: Senator Roberts missed two hearings, one on "Reforming US Financial Market Regulation" and another on a nomination to the Farm Credit Administration Board, but had time to attend a Pat Roberts Victory Fund fundraiser, at the Monocle Restaurant, a popular fancy restaurant from DC insiders just blocks from the Capitol. The lunch sought $2,000 donations from special interest PACs.

Sen. Roberts’ attendance at Senate committee hearings has become an issue in this campaign since press reports have documented he missed 70 percent of the Finance Committee hearings, 90 percent of the Health Education Labor and Pension Committee hearings, and 65 percent of the Senate Agriculture Committee hearings.

Hundreds of Kansans have signed a petition calling on Senator Roberts to release his calendar and show where he has been instead of the committee hearings he was supposed to have attended.

For more information about businessman Greg Orman and his Independent campaign for U.S. Senate, please visit the campaign online at www.OrmanForSenate.com. For media inquires, please contact our press office at Press@OrmanForSenate.com or call us at 913-353-5277.

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