Michael Bennet's Phil Anschutz Connections Paying Off With Conservative Associates

Colorado billionaire Phil Anschutz is famous for embracing conservative causes, but he also is a friend and former boss of Colorado Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet's.

While Anschutz is officially backing Bennet's GOP opponent, Jane Norton, companies that Anschutz now owns and companies that were once keystones to his fortune are strongly backing Bennet -- often upending their normal patterns of political giving.

Through the end of 2009, executives and family members associated with Anschutz Co., Anschutz Group or Anschutz Investments donated more to Bennet