Ricketts waging $3M re-election campaign

October 10, 2018

Gov. Pete Ricketts appears to be waging a $3 million campaign in his bid for re-election to a second term.

As the latest campaign finance filings began to stream into the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission, the governor’s campaign reported nearly $2.4 million in expenditures and $892,000 in cash on hand as of Oct. 2.

The governor’s campaign war chest includes a $930,000 loan from Ricketts.

The latest campaign finance report from Democratic gubernatorial nominee Bob Krist has not yet been posted online.

Among early filings in key legislative races were reports from Sen. Merv Riepe of Ralston and former Sen. Steve Lathrop of Omaha that demonstrate how expensive their hotly contested 12th District battle will be.

Riepe, who is strongly supported by Ricketts, reported $95,000 spent with $92,000 in cash on hand.

Lathrop, who served in the Legislature for eight years until he was term-limited out of office, reported $165,000 in expenditures with $50,000 in cash on hand.

Although the legislative race is nonpartisan, Riepe is a Republican and Lathrop is a Democrat and the battle has partisan overtones.

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