Yesterday the Wall Street Journal took a deep dive into former Nebraska House and Senate candidate (and Mr. to the Mrs. Jane) Scott Kleeb’s “Energy Pioneers Solutions”, with the dateline “HASTINGS, Neb.”
The gist of the article is that former President Bill Clinton steered millions of dollars to Energy Pioneers from the Clinton Global Initiative, which is used to support non-profits. Problem is, Energy Pioneers is very much a for-profit company.
And then the WSJ takes a hard look at who owns Energy Pioneers. You may recall that it was started by Scott Kleeb, but in order to get various grants, it was called a “Woman-Owned” business.
Well, the WSJ breaks down the ownership of Energy Pioneers:
And then the WSJ hints — and then the New York Post blares on its front page — that socialite Julie Tauber McMahon of Chappaqua, New York, who is an equal owner to Scott Kleeb, is one of Bill Clinton’s side-honeys.
The WSJ essentially suggests that the entire operation may have run afoul of federal tax law, and was covered up by the Clinton Global Initiative to hide Bubba’s relationship with McMahon.
And then there is the little matter of the actual success of Scott Kleeb’s baby:
“Energy Pioneer Solutions has struggled to operate profitably. It lost more than $300,000 in 2010 and another $300,000 in the first half of 2011, said records submitted for an Energy Department audit.”
“Recently, Mr. Kleeb laid off most of his staff, closed his offices, sold a fleet of trucks and changed his business strategy, promising to launch a national effort instead. “We are right now gearing up to start under this new model,” he said. Asked if Energy Pioneer Solutions has ever broken even, Mr. Kleeb said, “We’re at that stage…We are expanding and doing well. We have partnerships, and it’s good.”
Because when your government funded business fails, the next step is to expand!
This is likely not the end of this story.
And it is probably worth your investment of $12 to get a subscription to the WSJ to read.
ABCNews yesterday reported on the effort to get a third major presidential party to support a candidate for President.
And still at the center of this third party bid, as reported by ABC, is Republican Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse. ABC quotes Sasse’s lament about the two party’s likely nominees, “WHY is that the only choice?”
Sasse has said that HE will not be a third party’s nominee, and has suggested someone who he think would be a good choice.
It is not known yet whether Sasse would leave the Republican Party in order to venture in another direction.
But The Hill today is reporting that many see the third party movement fizzling out…because of lack of money.
Billionaire GOP donors on record as opposing Trump are skeptical at best about such an effort.
Hedge fund manager Paul Singer and the Ricketts family – who combined have spent at least $7 million opposing Trump – have told associates that they are theoretically open to the idea of funding a third party bid.
But privately, several GOP fundraising sources in interviews with The Hill scoffed at the idea of a third party candidate as a fevered dream of elite conservatives who are hopelessly out of touch.
The word is that if something is put together by the end of May, the third party option is “as good as dead.”
Fischer standing firm on #NeverHillary
You may have seen all the hub-bub going on with Donald Trump’s visit to Capitol Hill yesterday and his visit with Paul Ryan.
But the OWH’s Joe Morton also reports that when Trump went to the other side of the Hill to meet with Republican Senators at the NRSC HQ, one of those at the meeting was Nebraska’s Senior Senator, Deb Fischer.
Fischer has been saying for months that she would support the Republican nominee, whomever he or she may be (though she endorsed Senator Marco Rubio during the primary).
But after some private questioning of Trump at the meeting, she gave a stronger response to reporters:
“I know what we’re getting with Hillary Clinton and I will not be a part of handing her the presidency.”
One would think that ties in with the above story.
See you on Saturday!
Strange developments regarding Saturday’s Nebraska Republican Party convention in Omaha.
Though he dropped out over a week ago now, Ted Cruz’s campaign is STILL calling Nebraska delegates prior to the the state convention.
The thought is that Cruz is somehow still hoping to garner state delegates to his side in order to elect his slate as Nebraska’s delegates to the national convention in Cleveland.
Nebraska’s delegates are pledged to vote for Donald Trump on the first two ballots — and all predictions are that he will win the 1,237 delegates to win the nomination on the first ballot.
But there are other matters that still get decided by delegates.
Those include issues before the credentials and rules committees — and Cruz has done a strong job at capturing state delegates to, in theory, vote how he thinks.
It is not clear what the plan is at the convention in Omaha Saturday. There is at least one slate of delegates that will be proposed, but it is unclear if there will be more, and who will be proposing them.
There are 140 people running for the 36 slots for National Delegates. All will be voted on by the 400 delegates to the state convention. Will they all be Trump people? Will there be a majority of Cruz people?
Heck, will they be a majority Ricketts people?
Don’t forget that while Pete has said he supports the Republican nominee…that nominee hasn’t been officially chosen. That won’t happen until the convention. And the Anti-Trump, “Our Principles PAC” funded by his dad, Joe Ricketts and the Ricketts family, is still humming right along.
Can anything still happen in Cleveland?
Is there still a plan for that?
Don’t know. But one wonders if things in Omaha will somehow keep a plan alive.
Getting Final in LD07
At 11am today, the Douglas County Election Commissioner, Brian Kruse, posted the latest results after counting early ballots.
The results from South Omaha’s Legislative District 7 are:
Tony Vargas. . . . . . . . . . 1,192 …..44.95%
John Synowiecki . . . . . . . . 734…..27.68%
Nicole Fox . . . . . . . . . . . . . 720…..27.15%
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 ……0.23%
A recount looks likely for the first week of June.
According to Math, only have a recount if the difference in votes is less than 1% of the winner’s vote total — i.e. 11 or 12 votes. Since the difference is 14 votes, it should NOT trigger a recount….unless the provisional ballots change that.
They call him Mello Yellow
Tired of politics in 2016?
Well how about 2017?!
Twitterer and local political consultant Rod Edwards tweeted that he received a polling call regarding State Senator Heath Mello.
Too extensive to be testing water. Hard message test. Looks like there will be a Mayor’s race in 2017.
Mello has never hidden his deep desire to be Mayor of Omaha, so this relatively early expenditure to try to acquire the office isn’t that surprising.
We can likely expect to hear more of his criticisms of Omaha and his plans for putting the Democratic Machine back in charge.
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