The Mark Lakers for Governor campaign is in complete panic mode right now.
Or if they’re not, they should be.
Not only is their campaign teetering toward bolivian (as Mike Tyson once said), but they may be in serious danger of being subject to civil penalties or even (gulp!) criminal charges!
As you probably have read, the Lakers campaign recently filed their finance report with the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission, listing $23,000 in cash received — and $309,000 in “pledges”. (Note, if you’re ever reviewing this sort of stuff, that’s what’s known in industry-speak as a “red flag”.)
Well, as a few of the “donors” got wind of their “pledge” (we’ll stop using quotes at “some point” here…), they let the NADC know that A) they didn’t make any pledge and that either B) they don’t make political contributions or C) they support Dave Heineman!
Now the Attorney General’s office (upon request of the NADC) is looking into the matter.
So, instead of just linking to all of those unfulfilled pledges (which you can find online here), we figured we would list them out, so maybe any others of those could take a look and see if they, unbeknownst to them, made such a “pledge”.
|GREAT WESTERN BANCORPORATION||20000.00|
|MASCHHOFFS INC., THE||10000.00|
|MID-AMERICA BIO ENERGY & COMMODITIES LLC||10000.00|
|SANDRIDGE ENERGY, INC.||10000.00|
|AG AND FOOD ASSOCIATES, LLC||7500.00|
|R. BRAD HARSE||5000.00|
|ADAMS LAND & CATTLE CO.||5000.00|
|E ENERGY ADAMS, LLC||5000.00|
|SCOULAR COMPANY, THE||5000.00|
(Note: We took out anyone who was listed as having made an “unpaid pledge”, but has already made an actual pledge. While this still may be suspect, and we have no doubt the AG’s office will look into it, at least those folks seem to be supporters of one kind or another…)
Just those listed there, giving Lakers the benefit of the doubt as noted above, comes to $260,000.
Now. We will guess that there are some listed above who DO support Lakers and DO intend to give him some cash.
But note those who said that their inclusion on Laker’s NADC form is complete BS:
- E Energy Adams, listed at $5,000. The CEO “has never discussed donating to Lakers’ campaign with either Lakers or anyone on Lakers’ campaign staff.”
- Kappa Ethanol, $10,000, “pledged nothing to the Lakers campaign and has also supported Heineman in the governor’s race.”
- Berexco, $10,000, “We support Governor Heineman. We’ve had no conversations with anyone from Lakers’ campaign.”
- Great Western Bank, $20,000, “it’s not the bank’s practice to make political pledges or contributions.”
- Mid-America Bio Energy & Commodities, $10,000, “denied making pledges to Lakers’ campaign.”
If that’s the case with those $55,000 worth of bogus pledges, the rest have to be suspect as well, right?
In Lakers’ defense, he says a dude he knows totally told him that all these pledges were %1000 there, man.
In the mean time, if you see Lakers we would suggest not making eye contact, sudden movements, or for gawd’s sake, not shaking hands. He will undoubtedly take any of those actions to mean you have pledges $30-40,000 to his campaign.
Best to be safe out there.