Greg Orman, the independent candidate for U.S. Senate in Kansas, hit a major milestone on Wednesday by reaching the $600,000 mark in individual campaign contributions. This total does not include any PAC money (his campaign is not accepting any PAC money) or personal contributions from Mr. Orman.
This is an important milestone because it is showing the growing vitality and viability of independent campaigns in Kansas and nationwide.
“This is a remarkable fundraising effort for an independent candidate in such a short period of time. Greg’s message of fixing the mess in Washington through common-sense problem solving is clearly resonating with voters,” Orman’s campaign manager said.
He is also approaching the signature goal to qualify for the November ballot.
More information about the campaign can be found on the Greg Orman for U.S. Senate website, including a full biography, the issues Mr. Orman finds important, along with multimedia and press releases.
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Major accomplishment for an independent candidate. I hope that once he gets enough support to get on the ballot, he will elaborate a little more on his policy positions.
Wow, this is definitely a milestone for independents! California is looking at a handful of NPP candidates on November's ballot, can the political environment change? The one thing I must express though, like @founderstein comment below, I had an independent candidate in my district during the primary (running against Susan Davis), I saw him on several occasions at different events and he never said much more than "I am an Independent candidate"--made me worry that there are people out there vying for the votes from people who are just fed up with partisanship, and have no solid platform or means.
I'm starting at KU this fall. i remember while at orientation, driving through Kansas seeing something about this guy. Interesting, i'll have to look into him more.
This story is good journalism, and I'm glad I saw it. But I am trying to verify that he has raised that much money for this year's race. The FEC doesn't seem to have a report for him this year. There is a report for him from 2008 when he entered the US Senate race in January, raised $568,838, but then withdrew in February 1968 and gave all his contributions back. In 2008 he was running as a Democrat. For the 2014 race, I looked briefly at his web page and I don't see anything about how much money he has raised, but I probably missed it. Thank you.
I am a Kansas voter and have been seeing Greg Orman's adds. I have a lot of sympathy for the idea of an independent Senate candidate from my state, but I am a little bit disappointed that Mr. Ormand has been so light on details about anything other than being independent. To me, has candidacy is almost entirely based on what he isn't--a Democrat or a Republican. But I don't get a very good sense of what he is for. His web page says things like, "we need to fix health care" and "we need a firm but tough policy on immigration." Well, yeah. I think that everybody agrees with those sentiments. But there is widespread disagreement about what it means to fix things and to be tough but fair. As a Senator, Mr. Orman will have to work with ideas and proposals that come from various partisan positions. As an independent, he will not have to support any platform as a whole unit, but he will have to support some things and not support others. He will have to take positions on things. Being against partisanship is not a policy position. And I really don't have much of a sense of what positions he will take.
@MacV Good luck at KU, Lawrence is a fun town to live in--probably one of the most politically "open-minded" areas in Kansas!
@RichardWinger His campaign issued a media release on the 16th with the news. I think that this is amazing that he could take in this much money in such a short amount of time--which definitely shows the viability of his campaign! Thanks for the comment!
@founderstein Now that he has some of the people's attention, he definitely needs to develop his platform and ideals. I think the "anything but..." method of campaigning is going to be dead for a while--the "choose me because..." is going to win a lot of votes.
The one thing I REALLY like about Mr. Orman is that he is willing to do (and has a track history of doing so) what he think is right--regardless of what his party affiliation thought. That's something that is truly missing in the lock-step attitude of modern Washington!
Thanks for the speedy reply. I looked on his web page under "press releases" and there is one (not dated, but probably very recent) saying he has bought TV ads. But I can't see anything about how much money he has raised. If you have the press release that mentions the money, could you e-mail it to me at email@example.com? Thanks!
Nick Troiano, who was youth director for Americans Elect in 2011-2012, is an independent candidate for Congress this year in Pennsylvania. Even though he has received the maximum allowable donation from many leaders of Americans Elect, he has only raised about $45,000 so far. So it is surprising to me that Orman has raised so much money. I wish his report was on the FEC web page so we could see who is giving to him.