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Dear Fellow Kansans:
My name is Greg Orman, and I’m running as an Independent to represent Kansas in the United
States Senate.
As a businessman, I understand from experience that progress happens when you listen to all
opinions and use the best ideas to solve difficult problems. It is with that same spirit of
collaborative, common-sense leadership, and a strong desire to fix the polarized political system
in Washington, that I announced my candidacy in June.
Washington is broken, and we all know it. The news headlines remind us every day that
Congress no longer works for us, the American people. Partisan extremism and political
dysfunction have paralyzed our nation’s capital, with Members of the House and Senate from
both parties more interested in their own reelection and hold on power than the public interest.

But there’s a path we can choose this November right here in Kansas that will force Washington
to act on our behalf. It starts with electing leaders of courage and conviction who are
committed to enacting key reforms that will fundamentally change the influence of special
interests on Congress.
Toward that end, I’ve developed a Congressional Reform Plan that I believe will have a
dramatic effect on the way Washington operates. My Plan includes the following four elements:
(1) Enact a constitutional amendment creating term limits; (2) An end to congressional
pensions; (3) A lifetime ban on lobbying for Members of Congress; and (4) Elimination of
Leadership PACs.

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The intent of this Congressional Reform Plan is to change Congress by encouraging true public
servants to run for elected office, and to eliminate incentives for people to stay in Congress for
extended periods of time.
The pages that follow include specific details on these Congressional reforms. I invite you to
take a closer look and pass along any feedback you feel would be helpful. If you agree with me
that these are a constructive way to change the political climate in Washington, I ask that you
email a copy to your family and friends and share it on your social media channels.
Through my travels across the state, I’ve heard from a great many Kansans who are hungry for
fundamental reform of the Congress. They believe, as I do, that the time is right for sweeping
change and that the partisan extremists in Washington are on the wrong side of the coming
electoral revolution.


Greg Orman
Independent candidate for U.S. Senate

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1. Enact a Constitutional Amendment Creating Term Limits
Public service is supposed to intersect your life for a brief period of time, not become a life unto
itself. For far too many elected officials this isn’t the case. When someone spends decades in
Congress they become part of Washington and lose their connection to the people they were
elected to serve. Even Governor Brownback noted this when he left the Senate after two terms,
saying “you ought to have a change of blood and a change of ideas.”

If elected I will propose a constitutional amendment to limit service in the U.S. Congress to 12
years. In addition, I will lead by example and pledge to serve no more than two terms in the

2. End Congressional Pensions
Congressional pensions only encourage Members of Congress to stay in office for extended
periods of time. In fact, Congress is one of the only jobs in this country where you can be fired
and still get paid for the rest of your life. My view is pretty simple: Congress isn’t a career, and
Members shouldn’t get retirement benefits that aren’t generally available to every American.

It has been 30 years since there has been any action to address this issue. In 1984, Congress
made an indefensible system slightly less egregious by lowering the total benefits Members
received. As a result of these changes, Members elected after 1984 get $42,048 a year in
average benefits, compared to $71,644 for those in the previous system.
The longest serving
Members can receive benefits in excess of $139,000 annually. For comparison, the average per
capita income in Kansas is $26,845.

When asked, many Members defend their pension by noting that they are in the same system
as other federal workers. While this isn’t exactly a strong defense, it also isn’t true. As the
Annenberg Public Policy Center noted, “Members of Congress get more pension credit for each
year of service”
than regular federal workers.

A 2005 study by the National Taxpayer Union Foundation noted three key facts about
congressional pensions

 Lawmakers enjoy better pension formulas and eligibility rules than rank-and-file workers
 Congressional pensions are two to three times more generous than those offered to
similarly-paid executives in the private sector
 Individual pension amounts for Members of Congress are not a matter of public record.

“The Exit Interview: Sen. Sam Brownback,” NBC News, 9/13/2010
“Retirement Benefits for Members of Congress,” Congressional Research Service, 6/13/2014
“Kansas State & County QuickFacts,” United States Census Bureau
“Congressional Pensions,” Annenberg Public Policy Center, 12/26/2007
“Study: Congressional Retirees Reap Huge Taxpayer-Funded Pensions,” NTUF, 1/6/2005

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This system costs the taxpayer more than $36 million
a year and must end. If elected I will
decline my congressional pension and sponsor legislation to abolish pensions for Members of

3. Institute a Lifetime Ban on Lobbying for Members of
Congress should not be a stepping-stone to a six or seven figure job lobbying your former
colleagues to get money from the federal government. Holding elected office should be about
public service not self-service. Yet for nearly half of all elected officials this is no longer the

In 1974, 3 percent of retiring members of Congress became lobbyists. Today, half of all
senators and more than 40 percent of congressmen do.
In fact, there are more than 415
former Members of Congress lobbying today.
One report estimates that taxpayers pay nearly
$25 million a year in pensions to former members registered as lobbyists.

If elected I will sponsor legislation to enact a lifetime ban on lobbying by former Members of
Congress who are elected after 2014. In addition, after serving I will not become a lobbyist,
“strategic advisor,” “historian”
or any other job that involves someone paying me to get more
taxpayer money for their employer.

4. Eliminate Congressional Leadership PACs
Following the historic political scandal in 2006 involving former Washington lobbyist Jack
Abramoff and Members of Congress, the U.S. House and Senate passed legislation in an
attempt to reform the cozy relationship between Capitol Hill lobbyists, Washington special
interests and Members of Congress from both parties. While these were important reforms at
the time, they left a major loophole: Congressional Leadership PACs.

Leadership PACs were initially created as a tool for Members of the House and Senate
leadership to dole out favors and use cash to help maintain their positions. Not exactly a noble
beginning, but since then things have gotten worse. These so-called “leadership” accounts have
essentially become political slush funds that help Members “advance their political agendas,
their careers and, in many cases, their lifestyle.” Donations made from a leadership PAC can “be
used for literally anything.”

John Edwards, the disgraced former presidential candidate who also served in the U.S. Senate,
used a leadership PAC to pay a mistress $114,000. A California Republican used $32,000 from a
leadership PAC to pay for tours of California wineries with representatives of the defense

“Retirement Benefits for Members of Congress,” Congressional Research Service, 6/13/2014
“A Confederacy of Lunches,” Buckley, New York Times, 7/25/2013
“Former Members,” Center for Responsive Politics, Accessed 7/20/2014
“Former Congressmen make huge salaries as lobbyists while still collecting congressional pensions,” New York Daily News,
“Newt Gingrich and Freddie Mac: Is he being misleading?” Washington Post, 11/17/2011
“Leadership PACs: Let the Good Times Roll,” ProPublica, 9/26/2009
“Washington's open secret: Profitable PACs,” Kroft, 60 Minutes CBS News, 10/21/2013

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industry. In the last few cycles lobbyists and other special interests have poured more than
$355 million into leadership PACs.
Donations by lobbyists to these leadership PACs shouldn’t
be used to maintain the special lifestyles of Members of Congress, and if elected I will propose
legislation to ban these committees.

In the event an outright ban isn’t possible, I will propose to limit the definition of acceptable
uses to the same limitations imposed on federal campaign committees so that these accounts
aren’t used to enhance the lifestyles of Members of Congress.

“Leadership PACs: Let the Good Times Roll,” ProPublica, 9/26/2009