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Money & Influence 10.4.2018

Why corporations are pouring millions into sure-bet governor races

“That is a lot of money and pretty unprecedented for Nebraska fundraising,” said Gavin Geis, executive director of Common Cause Nebraska, a nonpartisan government accountability group. “That’s D.C.-level fundraising… It goes to show what a deep-pocketed candidate can do to buy influence.”

Money & Influence 05.4.2018

2017 was another record year for lobbying in Nebraska.

“Almost $17.5 million tops the most ever that’s been earned by the lobby,” Gould tells Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN. “In light of the fact that we’ve never seen an increase in the senators’ money for their salaries from $12,000, and the governor’s cutting everybody’s budget, the lobby seems to be doing very well.”

Money & Influence 05.2.2018

A new watchdog report says spending on lobbyists at the Nebraska Capitol has reached another record high.

The report released Wednesday by Common Cause Nebraska says more than $17.4 million was spent on lobbyists last year, up from roughly $16.8 million the prior year. The totals have increased consistently each year since at least 2013.

Money & Influence 05.2.2018

Lobbying efforts top $17.4 million in Nebraska last year, watchdog group says

Special interest groups spent a record $17.4 million on lobbyists and lobbying activity at the Nebraska Legislature in 2017, according to a new report from Common Cause Nebraska.

Improved discourse helping turn Government Committee into constitutional law class

At times this year, the Legislature’s Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee has seemed more second-year constitutional law class than quiet lawmaking body.

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