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Who Funds the Nebraska Public Service Commission?



We've been troubled by the Nebraska Public Service Commission for years and our most resent research shows why. When 76% of their campaign funding comes from the entities they regulate, who do they answer to at the end of day? More here...



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
The Latest

March 14, 2014: More backlash from the Legislature's failure to fix state campaign finance laws that let candidates take loans from their campaigns. More at Nebraska Watchdog...

March 2, 2014: After three years of work supporting Online Voter Registration, the legislature has finally taken action and moved the bill to select file. More at MSNBC...

February 26, 2014: For the second year in a row, the Unicameral has refused to take action to correct gaps in our campaign finance laws. Voters should be able to trust that campaign money is being used for campaigns and nothing else. More at Bloomberg News...

February 23, 2014: Review of the Keystone XL pipeline has been returned the Public Service Commission, a group that receives 76% of its funding from the entities it regulates. More at Bloomberg News...

February 13, 2014: The Government Committee killed a bill that would have exempted University President finals from public records laws. This is a victory of Nebraska transparency, helped along by the media, outspoken members of the University, and Common Cause. More at Lincoln Journal Star...

February 6, 2014: The University of Nebraska wants to exempt all finalists for the University President position from public records scrutiny. Common Cause, along with many members of the media, stood in opposition to the bill. More at Nebraska Watchdog, Daily Nebraskan, and Lincoln Journal Star...

January 30, 2014: We're working to overturn Citizens United in Nebraska and had a lobby day to tell legislatures that Nebraskans want to reclaim their voice in our democracy. More at the Omaha World Herald, the Journal Star, and the McCook Daily Gazette...

January 28, 2014: "Four years ago this Jan. 21, the Supreme Court recast our nation’s electoral landscape, lifting important restrictions on political spending by corporations, associations and labor unions." More at the Lincoln Journal Star...

January 9, 2014: It's time for MECA obey our state sunshine laws, including open records, public meetings, and conflict of interest disclosures. More at the Omaha World Herald here and here, as well as Nebraska Watchdog here and here...

January 8, 2014: There are gaps in Nebraska's campaign finance laws that we're trying to fix, like the fact that legislators can borrow from their campaign funds. More at the Journal Star and the Grand Island Independent, and the World Herald...

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...

Membership

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.

TransCanada Travel

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...

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CCNE Comments on Congressman's 5-Star Resort



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.