LINCOLN–Campaign spending for Nebraska’s gubernatorial race topped $8.5 million by Oct. 27, with Republican Pete Ricketts spending nearly 2.5 times as much as Democrat Chuck Hassebrook, according to the latest campaign finance reports.
And spending exceeded a quarter-million dollars in the statewide races for both attorney general and state auditor, the finance reports show, while candidates for other statewide executive branch positions spent considerably less.
The receipts and expenditure data filed this week with the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission are the last campaign spending figures to be reported before the Nov. 4 election.
Candidates who do not raise, receive or spend more than $5,000 in a calendar year are not required to file campaign finance reports.
Financial statements occasionally show expenditures that exceed receipts for the reporting period if candidates had funds remaining from a prior campaign.
Here are the receipts and expenditures for candidates in the statewide races:
Democrat Chuck Hassebrook, retired director of a rural advocacy organization, reported receipts of $2,563,488.68 and expenditures of $2,506,685.92.
Republican Pete Ricketts, an Omaha business executive, reported receipts of $5,771,623.83 and expenditures of $6,034,193.42. The report also showed he loaned his campaign $930,000.
Libertarian Mark G. Elworth Jr. of Omaha did not file a report.
Secretary of State
Republican John A. Gale, incumbent, reported receipts of $7,591.56 and expenditures of $13,986.76.
Libertarian Ben Backus, a broadband services manager from Gering, did not file a report.
Republican Don Stenberg, incumbent, reported receipts of $33,001 and expenditures of $34,744.78.
Democrat Michael J. O’Hara, an Omaha attorney and business professor, did not file a report.
Libertarian Michael Knebel of Bellevue, a stockbrocker, did not file a report.
Republican Doug Peterson of Lincoln, an attorney, reported receipts of $353,685.06 and expenditures of $235,957.72.
Democrat Janet Stewart of Fremont, an attorney, reported receipts of $38,310.14 and expenditures of $27,969.09.
Auditor of Public Accounts
Republican Charlie Janssen of Fremont, a term-limited state senator, reported receipts of $96,157.47 and expenditures of $113,268.80.
Democrat Amanda McGill of Lincoln, also a state senator, reported receipts of $161,459.83 and expenditures of $140,324.43.
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