Kerrey’s Carpetbagger Cash

Friends in high places. Like New York.

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Democratic Nebraska Senate candidate Bob Kerrey received the vast majority of his first-month campaign fundraising haul from out-of-state donors. According to Politico:

The former two-term senator raked in an impressive $900,000 in the month after announcing late February his bid to replace retiring Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.). But all except $210,000 of it came from supporters outside Nebraska, including friends from New York and Washington — the latest reminder of his decade outside the Cornhusker State. …

His fundraising boost from wealthy East Coast donors won’t help the reputation he’s developed thanks to attack ads from conservative groups like American Crossroads and Americans for Prosperity, which are painting him as a liberal New Yorker who has lost touch with Nebraskans. …

Billionaire Democratic donors, including Progressive Insurance Chairman Peter Lewis, New York investment banker Herbert Allen and California businessman Sidney Kimmel, donated the maximum amount of $5,000 apiece to Kerrey last month through the Nebraska Senate Victory Fund, a joint fundraising committee formed by Kerrey’s campaign and the state Democratic Party.

 

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