Recently, the OWH ran a story on members of the Unicameral having fundraisers during the legislative session.
Senator Bill Avery (who many have suggested was the inspiration for the dude from “Up”) has been outspoken regarding how bad and horrible this practice is. As a matter of fact, Avery has drafted legislation to stop this practice! Says Avery:
“It’s too close to what we’re doing and when we’re doing it,” Avery said. “I’m not criticizing any particular individual. But it’s a practice we need a full discussion on.”
Avery said that he’s not accusing anyone of wrongdoing but that he believes the appearance of raising funds when passing legislation is poor.
Well, interesting point Senator Avery.
But is there really any difference between 1) having some sort of meeting where you raise money or 2) just receiving a fundraising check during the session?
Because Senator Avery received $15,000 during the 2010 legislative session.
Now, if Senator Avery thinks that is bad as well, we have not heard.
Avery is fighting hard to keep the joke of the law that is the Campaign Finance Limitation Act (CFLA), which has simply encouraged more outside, unaccountable groups to form.
We suppose that if Avery can just keep filling up his coffers, and then have others speak for him as well, all will be good for him. How convenient.
In the Senate race…
Deb Fischer announced her state co-chairs, including former Gov. Kay Orr and former Congressman John Y. McCollister;
Jon Bruning just had the Tea Party Express folks roll through Lincoln and Omaha giving him their endorsement.
Ben Nelson is deciding whether or not to support President Obama’s stimulus…again.
FWIW, the L. St. readers who cared to comment overwhelmingly preferred Rick Perry over Mitt Romney for the GOP Persidential nom.
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