Nebraska Democrats have filed an ethics complaint against Republican United States Senate candidate Jon Bruning. The Bruning campaign calls the complaint a “baseless, false claim.”
Nebraska Democratic Party attorney Dennis Crawford has filed a complaint with the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission [Download PDF], claiming Republican U. S. Senate candidate Jon Bruning failed to disclose a vacation home he owns with two Nelnet executives.
“It’s a clear violation of Nebraska law, which requires the disclosure of all real property. He should have disclosed this property,” according to Crawford. “He didn’t disclose it, because he did not want the voters to learn about his relationship with the Nelnet executives.”
Democrats question the ethics of Bruning’s relationship with the two Nelnet executives with whom he shares the $675,000 vacation home near the Platte River on the Big Sandy Lake nearly Ashland. They point out Bruning bought the lake cabin a year after Nelnet paid a million dollar settlement to the state of Nebraska.
Bruning campaign manager, Trent Fellers, responds that Bruning did disclose the property on each of the last three years state disclosure forms, first as Big Sandy Properties LLC, then as Green Jacket LLC and finally as Sandy Properties LLC. Fellers says Bruning listed the properties earlier in the form under Item 7 and didn’t have to disclose them under Item 8 as Democrats claim.
Democrats claim the listings under Item 7 aren’t sufficient to satisfy state law.
Democrats further charge that Bruning failed to list the addresses of corporations in which he invested. Crawford Bruning needs to list the addresses the back up his claims that he doesn’t invest in Wall Street, but in Nebraska businesses.
Fellers calls the complaints false. He charges Democrats with trying to shift the focus of the campaign.
“I think it just goes to show how scared they are to lose this race,” Fellers tells reporters. “Ben Nelson is vulnerable, because of his votes for Obamacare and big government spending and, this proves it.”
Fellers says he expect the commission to dismiss the complaint.