Showing posts with label Federal Election Commission. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Federal Election Commission. Show all posts

Monday, February 24, 2014

Random Thoughts About the Dan Frei for Congress Campaign

We thought it would be instructive to look at the Federal Election Commission's information on Dan Frei's campaign for the 2nd Congressional seat against Congressman Terry.    We were originally told that with $200,000 Frei thought he would be able to win his challenge against Terry.   Through the last report, the only major money he had raised was $10,000 that he put in his campaign.   Other than that there was no show of financial support.  

Frei hasn't officially filed yet but he has until March 3 to file and we are told he plans on doing so and having a kickoff event.   We believe that will happen but have no details.

We find it interesting that Frei's treasurer is none other than Matt Sakalosky who challenged Terry in 2010.   Sakalosky, like Frei, put a little over $10,000 in his campaign that year and was able to raise about another $17,000 from other individuals.  Since then, Sakalosky, who wanted to be the star of 2nd District Republicans seems to have disappeared from virtually every Republican sighting in the district--not unlike most 'shooting-star' challengers.   And, showing his Republican credentials or lack thereof, Sakalosky never endorsed Lee Terry after his loss, a tradition Lee's 2012 challenger and current legislative candidate Bret Lindstrom followed.  Birds of a feather it seems.   We wonder when someone will ask candidate Frei whether he will endorse Lee after the May primary or whether he would perhaps be more inclined to support liberal Brad Ashford?



DAN FREI FOR CONGRESS


Candidate Details
From: 01/01/2013  To: 12/31/2013

COMMITTEE INFORMATION
DAN FREI FOR CONGRESS C00553297
PO BOX 540574 Type: HOUSE
OMAHA, NE 68154 Designation: PRINCIPAL CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE OF A CANDIDATE
  Filing Frequency: QUARTERLY FILER
  Treasurer: SAKALOSKY, MATTHEW

FINANCIAL SUMMARY
From: 01/01/2013   To: 12/31/2013
I. RECEIPTS
Itemized Individual Contributions $1,750
Unitemized Individual Contributions $960
Party Committees Contributions $0
Other Committees Contributions $0
Candidate Contributions $10,000
TOTAL CONTRIBUTIONS $12,710
Transfers from Authorized Committees $0
Candidate Loans $0
Other Loans $0
TOTAL LOANS $0
Operating Expenditure Offsets $0
Other Receipts $0
TOTAL RECEIPTS $12,710
II. DISBURSEMENTS
Operating Expenditures $6,475
Transfers to other Authorized Committees $0
Candidate Loan Repayments $0
Other Loan Repayments $0
TOTAL LOAN REPAYMENTS $0
Individual Refunds $0
Political Party Refunds $0
Other Committee Refunds $0
TOTAL CONTRIBUTION REFUNDS $0
Other Disbursements $0
TOTAL DISBURSEMENTS $6,475
III. CASH SUMMARY
Ending Cash On Hand $6,234
Net Contributions $12,710
Net Operating Expenditures $6,475
Debts Owed By $0
Debts Owed To $0
 
CANDIDATE INFORMATION
  FREI, DANIEL EDWARD
REPORT HISTORY
  DAN FREI FOR CONGRESS
 

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Is Ben Nelson Breaking the Law?


Please excuse our obviously politically
inccorect depiction of the Senator
We received this from the Nebraska Republican Party.   There is no question that Nelson has been spending every other Democratic organization's money in his effort to refurbish his tainted reputation for being the 60th vote on Obamacare and the creator of the Cornhusker Kickback.   And, of course, those same dollars have been used to demagogue and obscure his actions.   Finally, it appears that Ben has been caught in his efforts to hide the coordinated financing violations that he has approved.


"NEGOP Files FEC Compaint Against Ben Nelson
and Nebraska Democratic Party
Coordinated Ads Constitute Illegal Spending and Mislead Nebraska Voters
LINCOLN- The Nebraska Republican Party has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) against Senator Ben Nelson and the so-called Nebraska Democratic State Central Committee (NDSCC) regarding illegal spending practices between the two organizations.

The Federal Election Act of 1971, as amended, states that the maximum coordinated spending limit between a political party committee and a Nebraska Senate candidate cannot exceed $240,600. However, according to public records the NDSCC and Ben Nelson have spent at least $458,625 in coordinated television campaign advertisements, which is a clear violation of the law.

Federal law also states that communications paid for by a political party must be clearly disclaimed; yet Senator Nelson's campaign ad omitted the word "Democratic" from its disclaimer in an attempt to mask the ad and the real source of funding.

"In an attempt to cover-up his failed Washington record - which includes providing the 60th vote for ObamaCare and his critical support for the $825 billion stimulus - the NDSCC and Ben Nelson have engaged in a coordinated campaign that has surpassed the legal federal limit by at least $218,000," said Nebraska Republican Party Chairman Mark Fahleson.

Despite all being paid for by the NDSCC, Senator Nelson's four recent campaign ads identify three different sponsors: "Promise" and "Wrong Way" state that they are paid for by the "Nebraska Democratic Party." "Skunk" states that it is paid for by the "Nebraska Democratic State Central Committee."

Most egregiously, "Nelson Ad" - backed by a $219,422 NDSCC media buy (funded by the Democrats' national campaign committee) - states that it was paid for by the "Nebraska State Central Committee" - a name that wholly omits "Democrat" from the identification and masks the ad as being sponsored by a non-partisan, or even state funded, entity.

"Nebraskans deserve to know the exact amount of illegal spending that has occurred by the NDSCC - and that Washington dollars paid for it - and why Ben Nelson is an active participant in this blatantly illegal act," Fahleson said. "