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Candidates spend more than $1 million in Greater Nebraska legislative races

Candidates spend more than $1 million in Greater Nebraska legislative races

LINCOLN—By early this month, candidates from Greater Nebraska had spent more than $1.06 million campaigning for seats in the Legislature, according to reports filed with the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission.

Thirteen legislative seats outside the Omaha and Lincoln metro areas are on the Nov. 6 ballot, and three of them are held by uncontested incumbents.

Snapshots of campaign spending for each of the legislative races are listed below, based on reports filed by the campaigns that reflect campaign finances through early October.

District 2
Robert Clements of Elmwood loaned his campaign $15,000 and got a $5,000 contribution from Gov. Pete Ricketts and $9,500 from the Nebraska Realtors Political Action Committee (PAC). He reported spending $37,794.

Susan D. Lorence of Plattsmouth reported spending $38,406. The biggest single donor to her campaign was the Nebraska State Education Association PAC, which gave her $16,500.

District 16
Ben Hansen of Blair reported spending $70,506 by early October, with more than $101,000 cash still on hand. He received $10,000 from Ricketts, $50,000 from the Nebraska Chiropractic Physicians Association and $15,000 from the Nebraska Realtors PAC.

Chuck Hassebrook of Lyons reported spending $151,725 with more than $104,000 cash still on hand heading into the final weeks of the campaign. The biggest single organizational donor to his campaign was the Nebraska State Education Association PAC, which gave him $4,582.

District 22
Mike Moser of Columbus, who loaned his campaign $2,500, reported spending $49,758, with more than $53,300 cash on hand. The Nebraska Realtors PAC was one of his major donors, contributing $10,000 to his campaign.

Doug Oertwich of Pilger reported spending $23,753. He loaned his campaign $9,000 and received a $5,000 donation from Ricketts.

District 24
Incumbent Sen. Mark A. Kolterman of Seward reported spending $42,324. Major donors included the Nebraska Bankers State PAC, which gave his campaign $6,250, and Friends of the University PAC, which contributed $5,000.

Stephanie Nantkes, also of Seward, reported spending $2,789 by the early October reporting deadline, with nearly $7,000 cash on hand. Her major organizational contributor is the Nebraska State Education Association PAC, which donated $5,000.

District 30
Myron Dorn of Adams loaned his campaign $5,000 and reported receiving $4,500 each from the Nebraska Bankers State PAC and the Nebraska Realtors PAC. His spending totaled $56,947.

Don Schuller of Wymore also loaned his campaign $5,000 and reported spending of $53,904. A major campaign contributor was the Nebraska State Transportation PAC, which gave Schuller’s campaign $4,000.

District 32
Tom Brandt of Plymouth, who loaned his campaign $5,000, reported spending $64,159. One of his biggest organizational contributors was the Nebraska Cooperative Council PAC, which donated $5,000.

Incumbent Sen. Laura Ebke of Crete reported spending $172,713. Among her donors was the Friends of the University PAC, which gave $5,000, and Chris Rufer of Woodland, California, founder of a tomato processing company. Rufer donated $45,000 to Ebke’s campaign.

District 34
Incumbent Sen. Curt Friesen of Wahoo is running unopposed for a second term. He reported spending $29,107.

District 36
Incumbent Sen. Matt Williams of Gothenburg is running unopposed for a second term. He reported spending $23,213.

District 38
Marsha Fangmeyer of Gibbon reported spending $36,823 with nearly $15,000 cash still on hand. The Nebraska State Education Association PAC gave her $10,000. Among individual donors, former Nebraska governor and U.S. senator Bob Kerrey gave her $1,000.

Dave Murman of Glenvil reported spending $44,605 with more than $10,000 cash on hand. He loaned his campaign $15,000 and received $1,000 from Ricketts and $3,500 from the Nebraska Bankers State PAC.

District 40
Tim Gragert of Creighton reported spending $18,763. The largest organizational contributor was the Nebraska Telecommunications Association PAC, which gave him $2,500.

Keith F. Kube of Crofton reported spending $17,567. He loaned his campaign $10,000. Most campaign funds came from small individual donors.

District 42
Incumbent Sen. Mike Groene of North Platte reported spending $35,410 by early October, with $20,000 cash still on hand. Major donors to his campaign included $5,000 each from Olson Farms in Hershey, Mid-America Agri Products of North Platte and Mid-America Bio Energy and Commodities, also of North Platte.

Judy Pederson of North Platte reported spending $46,597 with more than $23,000 cash on hand. Friends of the University PAC gave her $5,000, and the Nebraska State Education Association PAC donated $10,000 to her campaign to unseat incumbent Groene, who chairs the Legislature’s Education Committee.

District 44
Incumbent Sen. Dan Hughes of Venango reported spending $19,395. Major organizational contributors include the Nebraska Realtors PAC, which contributed $6,000 to his campaign.

Stephanie L. Malcolm of Palisade did not file a financial report. Nebraska law requires candidates to file financial statements only if they raise or spend $5,000.

District 48
Incumbent Sen. John P. Stinner of Scottsbluff, who is running unopposed for reelection, reported spending $23,630. One of his major donors was the Friends of the University PAC, which gave his campaign $7,500.

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