The Unicam Network

There is that bill in the Nebraska Legislature (LB 783) that would give a power of attorney, essentially, to the next of kin to handle their recently deceased’s Facebook account (amongst other internet media).

So the Nebraska Bar Association asked Katie Zulkoski of Mueller Robak to represent the Bar Association and testify in support of this bill.

But Facebook opposes this bill. And the behemoth pockets of Mark Zuckerberg recently hired their own Lincoln lobbyist to represent them on this.

The lobbyist? Kim Robak. Of, uh, Mueller Robak.

(Anyone see the problem here?)

We are told that it never happens that a firm represents both sides of an issue. “Shouldn’t happen. It’s wrong,” one lobbyist said..

But, the $25,000 PER MONTH Facebook is paying Robak made it worth the risk, apparently. Former Lt. Gov Kim Robak is making more in a month from Facebook alone than a state Senator would make in two years.

The Social Network indeed.

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Day 28 since Ben Nelson retired.
Ironically, that is the same number of half-caf venti low-fat mochaccinos Bob Kerrey has gulped down at Central Perk, trying to decide if he should move his family to Virginia, so he can run for Senate in Nebraska.

When will his decision come?
By January 12th, we were first told.
By January 21st we were next told.
And now?
“Soon.”

Ah. A drawn-out, cryptic, cosmic decision making process from Bob Kerrey. Who’da thunkit?

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And speaking of cosmic, the Nebraska Democrats have put up their own “Draft Bob Kerrey” page on their website, and have ads up on Facebook to send you there.

Sooooo, either Kerrey is in, and they have already geared up their org to support his campaign… or they are leaving Steve Lathrop or whomever else in the dust.

Really, the party org is hosting the “draft the candidate” petition? And so if Kerrey doesn’t run, you have pretty much shown your hand that you really never wanted the #2 guy, and screw him (or her) anyway. And Kerrey will have shown about as much respect your way as well, yeah?

Interesting Democrats. Interesting.

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And then there are those Republicans who may, or may not have a “Set Field” for their primary.

As Jon Bruning let on the other day, there has continued to be talk of another candidate out there. Not Dave Heineman, but a mysterious Omaha Businessperson who is thinking about jumping in.

Well, we have finally put a name on said person, and once again, we are intrigued. Said person is relatively well-known in the business community, though probably not that well known to the public. But would potentially have some of his or her own cash to contribute to start-up a serious campaign.

We have contacted said person, and are currently waiting to hear back. And the answer may be, “Stop emailing me! The only thing I’m running for is my mace!” But if that’s not the case, we would have at least an interesting player on deck once again.

And if this turns into another Sid Dinsdale situation, with someone else jumping in with businessperson’s name, so be it.

But we think there is a decent chance the field may not yet be set. We will let you know when we can let you know.

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22 comments

  1. RWP says:

    Google “American League of Lobbyists Code of Ethics”

    (Once you’ve stopped laughing, that is)

    ARTICLE IV – CONFLICTS OF INTEREST

    4.1. A lobbyist should avoid advocating a position on an issue if the lobbyist is also representing another client on the same issue with a conflicting position.

  2. For RWP says:

    CHAPTER 3
    ATTORNEYS AND THE PRACTICE OF LAW
    ARTICLE 5
    NEBRASKA RULES OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT

    § 3-501.7. Conflict of interest; current clients.
    (a) Except as provided in paragraph (b), a lawyer shall not represent a client if the representation involves a concurrent conflict of interest. A concurrent conflict of interest exists if:
    (1) the representation of one client will be directly adverse to another client; or
    (2) there is a significant risk that the representation of one or more clients will be materially limited by the lawyer’s responsibilities to another client, a former client or a third person or by a personal interest of the lawyer.
    (b) Notwithstanding the existence of a concurrent conflict of interest under paragraph (a), a lawyer may represent a client if:
    (1) the lawyer reasonably believes that the lawyer will be able to provide competent and diligent representation to each affected client;
    (2) the representation is not prohibited by law;
    (3) the representation does not involve the assertion of a claim by one client against another client represented by the lawyer in the same litigation or other proceeding before a tribunal; and
    (4) each affected client gives informed consent, confirmed in writing.

  3. Stenberg says:

    I just was called with Don Stenberg’s push poll trying to make him look viable. “Would you vote for Jon Bruning if you knew he hated kitties and puppies.” Wow. I guess this is what it looks like watching a three-time Senate race loser disintegrate.

  4. Desperate says:

    Don Stenberg. He reminds me of that guy in college that asked me out over and over and over and over again despite getting shot down EVERY time.

  5. Macdaddy says:

    How’d Sen. Langemeier rate getting into the SOTU address? The Boldies better get teir lawsuits ready. That pipeline is going through on January 20th, 2013 right after “So help me God.”

  6. Lil Mac says:

    As the cosmic socializer hugs the commode of indecision, we may only wonder at his aim to save us from a “radical right”, as if conservative inertness is a form of Sticks-in-the-Mud Gone Wild. Talk about an Onion Head calling the kettle stinky. Kerrey out-Obamaed Obama before Obama. One-size-fits-all federal solutions (hence fits nobody painlessly) is Cosmic Bob’s stock and trade.

    Republicans do have a few federal solutions they want to pump up your patoot but it is the Democrats who show up on your doorstep the super-extra-large enema bag of government. Sure it will work. But by the time they are done you will be lucky to have any bones left.

  7. Betty Crocker says:

    Robak did not testify in opposition to LB783. Before attacking, you might want to read LB1118. Makes more sense to pay a lobbyist a lot of money for a tax deduction.

  8. curbfeeler says:

    A mysterious Omaha businessperson with his own cash who is thinking about jumping in the GOP Senate race. Buffett?

    His dad was a Republican. And Buffett has as much in common with a union Democrat or a welfare recipient as the sun has to a burnt match head. He can register GOP, pay the fee, and win. Would Nebraskans vote for a GOP Buffett over a Democrat Kerrey? Sure. Buffett recently bought the only newspaper in town, the main gag on free political speech here. Rosebud revisited.

  9. In the know says:

    Hey Betty Crocker, stick with cooking. Positions on Lobbying are not always conveyed in testimony. Most lobbying is done in private. Thanks for playing Bill errr Betty!

  10. Anonymous says:

    I have a trusted source that telsl me there is another mystery man from Omaha planning on getting into the race. Does anyone know who this could be?

  11. David West says:

    Buffet’s a Democrat, curbfeeler. Get that silliness out of your head.

    The person I could see doing it has my same initials, but it would be a pay cut for him to do it. I think he’d be a strong candidate, though. If it were the person I’m thinking of, I’d be on his campaign team in a heartbeat.

  12. Get serious says:

    Bruning is going to wipe the floor with lifelong loser Stenberg in a debate. I can’t wait to listen to Stenberg read his note cards that DeMint typed up for him about what he’s going to do for South Caro..I mean Nebraska in the Senate.

  13. Serious says:

    I heard this mystery person who might get into this race has hired a debate coach. I bet he beats Bruning and Stenberg in the debates.

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