Putting an End to In-Session Fundraising
In-session fundraisers have become a standard in the Nebraska legislature and provide the lobbyists with the ideal setting to make their influence (and clients' pocketbooks) felt.
CCNE Comments on Congressman's 5-Star Resort
Gifts for the UN President
Governor Heineman isn't the only one with an extensive gift list. We pulled together the gifts to University President Milliken for 2011 and 2012, take a look at it here.
Gov. Heineman's 2012 Gift List
Each year, Nebraska's Governor has to submit a list of all the gifts he received over the previous 12 months. Here's our rundown of some of the most interesting entries from this year's report. Take a look at it here.
In the News
December 11: The University of Nebraska Foundation has purchased a home for the University President. Oddly, he already owns a home. More at Nebraska Watchdog...
December 9: Raising big money takes precedence in most campaigns and that means catering to the tastes of big donors. Jack Gould comments on recent findings that Lee Terry's campaign rented a resort for $14,000 to host a fundraising weekend. More at KETV News...
July 22, 2013: The University of Nebraska Foundation contributes more toward administrator priveleges than most realize. We released the list of cars and country clubs to ask the question: Do we need more transparency? More at the Omaha World Herald, the Lincoln Journal Star, and Nebraska Watchdog...
July 22, 2013: As the Columbia Journalism Review notes, we've been tracking the lobbying activities and spending of TransCanada for quite a while. More at the Columbia Journalism Review...
June 1, 2013: The LJS editorial board looks at our lobbying report and agrees: $27 million spent on lobbying is way too much. Read more at the Lincoln Journal Star.
May 28, 2013: Our yearly lobby report sparked quite a bit of interest this year, running in news papers across the country. Here are the Journal Star, Omaha World Herald and Nebraska Watchdog articles.
April 24, 2013: Looks like it's common practice for Congressmen to block emails from outside their district. Lee Terry has agreed to stop blocking these voices, but Adrian Smith hasn't been quite as accommodating. More at News Daily...
April 20, 2013: It is not good public policy to have elected people, who can influence decisions, benefit from contracts. More at the Lincoln Journal Star...
All About ALEC
Haven't Heard of ALEC?
They're working in our state to allow for greater corporate influence on the Unicameral floor and Senators are part of the organization. Find out more here...
ALEC membership is WAY down this year, with only 5 remaining members after last year's 22. Their names, positions and contact information are listed here.
ALEC state chairman Sen. Jim Smith didn't report any gifts from an ALEC trip to Alberta. A complaint was filed with the NADC to discover the truth of the matter.Read more at the Omaha World Herald and the Center for Media and Democracy.
From Common Cause Nebraska
Read our report to Nebraska legislature's Government Committee about the financial relationship between public schools and private foundations.
Our recent report explains a tax loophole for boat owners and why it should be closed immediately.
Read about UNL administrative salary increases and Common Cause Nebraska's struggle to obtain University records outlining who's getting a raise.
2013 Unicameral Lobby Report
During the combined sessions of the 102nd Nebraska Unicameral, special interests spent $27,382,232 while trying to influence Nebraska government and lobbyists earned $25,582,585. Our government leaders argue that no one buys their vote but the special interests don't believe it for a minute. Read more here...
Capitol Conversation with Jack Gould
Jack sat down with Nebraska NPR's Fred Knapp for a conversation about our lobby report and the impact that gifts have on our legislature.