(Bruning says he’s raised $721,200 – AP, LJS –
(Bruning says he’s raised $721,200 for U.S. Senate campaign – OWH –
(Bruning Campaign Tops $720,000 in Receipts – Jon Bruning for U.S. Senate website –
As the Bruning campaign points out, $721,200 is more than Ricketts, Stenberg and Kramer raised combined at the same time in 2005. Also, 82% of that $721K came from Nebraskans.
So, what does all this mean?
Well, for starters, let’s look at the other main point that your local papers are all hot and bothered about: namely, that Bruning also got max dinero from gazillionaires Mike Yanney and Walter Scott, who recently hosted a fundraising gig for U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel. Just remember, that $4,600 that each of them blew was money that they didn’t use to light over-sized novelty cigars. It’s walking around money for them. It’s called, covering your ass, just in case.
A point of significance, however, is that Bruning only raised $5,500 in PAC money. Hagel may show around sixty times as much of that when he announces his cash in the coming weeks. (And Hagel’s guy Kevin Chapman says their numbers will be “well beyond” Bruning’s buckage, so expect him to come in around $800,000 or so.)
Now while some may find it noble and fine to not raise any PAC money, the reality is that PAC money is money. You either have money or you don’t. And it’s very unlikely that Bruning is going to raise much PAC money because few
Hagel, on the other hand, will raise a boat-load of PAC money, and it will be legal tender that can be exchanged for goods and services, no matter how “dirty” some may find it. (Of course, all this would change for Bruning if Hagel doesn’t run.)
So, while Bruning’s
But know this: even though the
The money numbers only tell one side of the story.
(Oh, and btw, both Hagel and Bruning (not to mention Hal Daub) should be at the July 4th Douglas County GOP pancake feed at