Ben Nelson has raised another $900K for his Senate campaign, bringing him to around $3M COH. We haven’t examined the report yet, but we got a few comments from those who watch this stuff:
I’m not surprised. He sold his soul on ObamaCare and will sell his vote again and again in an attempt to stay in power. $3 mill or $20 mill won’t save his political life this time, but it’ll buy a heck of a lot of Ben Nelson statues for McCook and endow the Ben Nelson Chair on Socialized Medicine at UN-L if he turns tail and retires.
– Mark Fahleson, Chairman, Nebraska Republican Party
Senator Ben Nelson gets the Washington game better than anyone, so when he bartered away the 60th and final vote for government-run healthcare we knew that liberals would reward him. Now that Nelson is flush with cash, maybe he can explain why he’s the only candidate running in Nebraska who has voted to cut Medicare by over $500 billion.
– Jahan Wilcox, NRSC Spokesman
And then others have pointed out that it is a good thing (for Ben) that he is raising money, because his campaign will be a focal point ever since his 60th and deciding vote for ObamaCare (via the infamous Cornhusker Kickback).
For instance, Crossroads GPS not only put out a Nelson ad, they’re using web ads to send you to see it again — see above right.
Meanwhile the Jon Bruning camp just announced that they have raised $334K for the quarter, and have $1.3M COH. Not bad considering he has four more primary opponents than Nelson.
And speaking of Bruning, the Washington Post did a feature on him and his campaign. Not much you haven’t heard before, but an interesting national perspective.
Don Stenberg’s numbers for this quarter:
Raised in Q2: $45,850 (+$20K loan)
Raised Total for campaign: $80,010
And Congressman Lee Terry had a fairly kick-ass fundraising quarter.
He reported $199,727 raised in the quarter and shows $212,528 in cash on hand. For the cycle so far, he has raised $358,099.
The numbers so far compare favorably with the last comparable period (Jan 1–June 30, 2009). In the 2nd quarter of 2009 he raised $190,399. For the first six months of 2009, he had raised $293,993 and had $189,903 in cash on hand.
That is ahead of where Terry was at the same point in the last campaign — that he won by 21 points. And at that point, Terry had a known, Democrat opponent.
No word on one for 2012 yet…
We keep digging and digging through the internets and the Twitters to find the release from Bold Nebraska where they decry Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton for being in the back pockets and beholden to Big Oil.
We are just having a hard time finding those releases. Because would Jane and the gang have written such a release about George W. Bush if THIS story had come during his admin?
(We also keep missing all the stories about the Dems’ — particularly Union support — of the pipe.)
Gee golly, we wonder.
Hey and Governor Dave will be the new uber-Gov of the National Governor’s Association!
We will be initiating the “Vice President Dave!” website, shortly.
Hey, and Congressman Adrian Smith on the basepaths at the 50th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park.
Sporting the UNL jersey.
Hey, and thanks for continuing to buy your Amazon stuff (that you were already going to buy) through Leavenworth Street’s Amazon.com links!