We already knew that between the Koch Brothers protecting their home turf and NRSC and RGA protecting their members, Pat Roberts and Sam Brownback would have enough money to choke a horse (perhaps an entire team of Clydesdales) in the final stages of their struggling campaigns. But according to Dylan Scott at TPM (who nicely condenses a long report from Politico‘s Vogel and Parti), some serious money may be coming to Kansas from the other side:

Politico is reporting that independent Greg Orman is getting a boost from independent-minded billionaires Peter Ackerman and John Burbank — and former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg is considering getting involved as well.

According to Politico, the Committee to Elect an Independent Senate has reserved $220,000 in airtime for Orman and has already collected donations from Ackerman and Burbank, who helped back Sen. Angus King (I-ME) in 2012.

Bloomberg is also considering putting money into the race, his political adviser Howard Wolfson told Politico, through his Independence USA PAC, which is set to spend $25 million over the next month.

If “early money is like yeast; it raises the dough,” as the EMILY’s List motto has it, then late money is like a good jolt to the side of a pinball machine: it can tilt the results.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.