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GOP Senator Campaign's Sunflower Fields Are In Ukraine

Pat Roberts represents the Sunflower State (Kansas).

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The image Republican Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts on every page of his website and on his press releases of a sunset on a sunflower field is of a field in Ukraine.

An image on his Facebook page is likewise from Ukraine.

Kansas is the Sunflower State.


Velychko goes by the username Velkol on stock image sites, says he is located in Starokostiantyniv, Ukraine, and even labels the photo of the same field Roberts uses as being based in Ukraine. Here's his user page:


Corry Bliss the campaign manager for Pat Roberts said it was "obviously a stock image."

"Is this a joke? It's obviously a stock image used by our digital firm to reflect that Kansas is the Sunflower State. But given the many serious issues facing our country right now, I doubt voters care about this silly line of attack by Greg Orman and his liberal allies."

Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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