In the past 24 hours we have seen a fair amount of misinformation on the guilty plea by Jane Kleeb regarding her violations of Nebraska campaign law and the resulting fines by the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission.
We are here to fix that.
See, we read in the LJS that Jane committed a “mistake” in her filing.
Then we saw where KHAS called it, “a simple campaign violation,” (though the rest of their story fleshes it out a little more).
Then there is Jane’s own breathless explanation that she is just a mommy who “misunderstood that rule”.
Robynn Tysver of the OWH got the closest calling it, “filing late campaign reports”, but that doesn’t really get to the heart of it.
Read on, and we think you will agree.
See, when Jane ran for her stepping-stone political position (“Yummy lunches!” for School Board) in Hastings, she claimed she “had a mistaken belief” that she was supposed to file her expenditure reports “when the expenditures were PAID, as opposed to when they were INCURRED.”
This would defy common sense for even a casual observer, much less a seasoned political operative, like Jane Fleming Kleeb. Waiting to report expenses until they are paid obviously defeats the entire purpose of the law
A candidate could simply hold all the bills until the election was over to avoid reporting anything!
And that is just what Jane Kleeb did.
The first charge of the NADC agreement acknowledges that she “failed to record the correct date of an expenditure on her campaign report.” That is the charge Kleeb is referring to, but two more charges follow!
Candidates are required to register their committee once they raise or spend $5000 and then to file timely finance reports after registration. Because Jane Kleeb withheld her expenses and did not report them properly, she then improperly reported that she did not meet the $5,000 threshold until Election Day.
By waiting that long to register her committee, she was not required to file a campaign finance report until December 31. This means that, because of her accounting “mistake” (oh, there’s the little word again) we would not know where her money came from or what she spent it on until well after the election.
AFTER the election???
Are we all following along here?
And again, the NADC cites her for failing “to file her statement of organization on the required date.” This is what Robynn Tysver correctly calls a “late report.”
So, if Jane had reported her expenditures correctly – when they were incurred – she not only would have had to register her committee well before Election Day, she would have also had to file not one, but two campaign finance statements listing her donors and expenditures. Because she filed neither, the NADC cites her a third time for failing “to file a 2nd General Election Campaign Statement.”
This means the 1st Campaign Statement she filed on December 31 is a very, very late report, but the 2nd cannot be considered late, because, well, she never actually filed it.
So that is three separate guilty admissions by Kleeb to the NADC. A fourth – that she reported so-called late contributions about 75 days after they were due – was investigated by the NADC and she was given a verbal warning.
So what could or should you conclude about Kleeb’s actions?
Let us remember that we are talking about a veteran-political-operative. This is not some suburban soccer mom in her first little campaign.
Kleeb was the Executive Director of the NATIONAL Young Democrats.
Her husband was the Democrat nominee for Congress.
Then he was the Democrat nominee for U.S. Senate.
She is a regular political talking head on FOX News.
And now? She is the head of the de facto voice of the Democrat party in Nebraska — managing the massive money that Dick Holland and others are pouring into Bold Nebraska to fund their fully staffed liberal causes and pot-clanging.
So…a mistake? A “simple campaign violation”?
Well, here is a very reasonable opinion on Kleeb’s actions:
Kleeb was skirting the law to avoid filing campaign finance statements before the Election. No reasonable person could interpret the law the way she did, and few ever do.
Did Jane not want her Hastings neighbors to know that her campaign was being financed by Omaha sugar daddy Dick Holland, a lady in New York and the Young Democrats PAC in Washington, DC? Or just how exactly she was spending that money. Or any reports at all regarding her political operation? Guess we’ll never know.
But here is the deal: Jane Kleeb is guilty of MULTIPLE campaign finance violations. She failed to correctly report expenditures and filed every report of the campaign either late or incorrectly.
The Nebraska GOP has called it “shameful”. Her little “hiding the ball” game, at her level, certainly is.
Oh and hey look, Jane’s anti-oil buddies are storming the White House.
Storming the White House? That must be a term of art, yes?
No! That is the actual plan.
The anti-Canadian Oil peeps, headed by Danny Glover and other radical enviros are going to — planning to — get themselves arrested at the White House in order to pressure the President into stopping the Keystone XL Pipeline.
You see, their view is that getting oil from Canada instead of, say, Iran, would be a “fifteen hundred mile fuse to the biggest carbon bomb on the continent.”
Sound like a group who just wants the pipe routed around the Sandhills?
In case you were wondering if it was radical environmentalists at the lead of the anti-pipeliners, just take a look at who is being limply dragged away from the White House gates in plastics handcuffs in August.
And if Jane is REALLY committed, will SHE let herself be arrested?
Or will she let others take the fall for her?
(Two guilty pleas in the same year???)
And as long as we are posting, we watched the Brett Lindstrom announcement yesterday. (See the WHOLE thing on YouTube here.)
First, he was introduced by…his campaign manager. (The one who was a law clerk at the ACLU.)
Then she announced that he would not be taking any questions from the press.
At the one place and time the press is likely to gather for him.
Then his announcement speech lasted exactly one minute, forty-nine seconds. Which he read from his press release, that he had already sent out to everyone.
The OWH let an uncredited, four paragraph, AP report sum the whole thing up.
And, uh, there you go.