February 8, 2016

Nebraska Democrats file ethics complaint against Fischer

An ethics complaint has been filed against Republican United States Senate candidate Deb Fischer by the Nebraska Democratic Party.

Democrats have asked the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission to investigate whether Fisher failed to disclose a potential financial stake in a bill she introduced in the legislature.

The bill, LB 229, was sponsored by Fischer, a state senator from Valentine, in 2011. It would have transferred funds from the Nebraska Environmental Trust to the Platte River. Democrats accuse Fischer of trying to transfer the money to keep the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission from buying the Snake Falls Ranch, which abuts property she and her husband, Bruce, own. Democrats contend the sale could have lowered the property value of land owned by the Fischers.

The bill that eventually passed the legislature transferred much less money from the trust that the initial proposal. A private fishing club bought the ranch.

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