Money Bombs Hitting Kansas?

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, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.