Email Trips Up Nebraska Attorney General, Agrees to $19,000 Penalty
Posted at 10:39 a.m. on May 16, 2013
Former GOP Senate candidate Jon Bruning, the current Nebraska Attorney General, and his Bruning for Senate committee have agreed with the Federal Election Commission to pay a $19,000 civil penalty for campaign finance violations during his 2012 Senate election effort.
A key exhibit in the FEC compliance action (MUR #6449) was a Nov. 30, 2010 solicitation email in which Bruning stated, “Please help me defeat Ben Nelson in 2012 by making a contribution today. Together we can take back this country and bring true Nebraska values to Washington.” In the conciliation agreement the FEC stated, “Bruning’s statement demonstrates that he had decided to be a candidate for federal office.”
With this earlier date triggering filing obligations, Bruning’s later filings were considered late. The conciliation agreement stated Bruning failed to file his statement of candidacy in a timely fashion, failed to file a statement of organization in a timely manner, failed to file the 2010 year-end report in a timely fashion, and failed to disclose the financial activity of the Jon Bruning Exploratory Committee. The exploratory committee had raised $246,604 from Nov. 5, 2010 to Dec. 31, 2010.