A little story we heard…
Back in July, Pete Ricketts held a fund-raiser in
But there was one other person, who was not invited, who staked himself out outside the NRSC HQ, on the public sidewalk, and was noting who was going into this fundraiser for Pete Ricketts.
Was it security personnel?
Was it a member of the press?
Was it a casual onlooker on his way to Union Station, just curious to see who was supporting Pete Ricketts in his bid to unseat Democrat Ben Nelson?
It was (drum roll…) Senator Ben Nelson’s chief campaign fund-raiser, Don Schimanski! Ben Nelson had his own personal spy sent down to Pete Ricketts’ fundraiser to write down the names of all the lobbyists going in to support Pete Ricketts.
What a brash move. By getting them all listed, Nelson can now lean on each and every lobbyist, when they try to set up a meeting with him or one of his staffers. There’s probably a good chance that each of those lobbyists now has a black mark next to his or her name.
There may be a strong message sent here: give to Ben Nelson’s opponent and the access door for you will be shut.
Interesting way to be doing business for the people of