United States Senate candidate Jon Bruning’s campaign has announced he raised more than $400,000 in the 4th Quarter of 2011, increasing the total raised by his campaign to $2.8 million. The campaign reports $1.7 million cash on hand.
The campaign of candidate Don Stenberg has announced raising more than $250,000 in the last quarter of last year, increasing the campaign’s war chest to $363,985. The Stenberg campaign also points out that the Senate Conservative Fund run by U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint is spending $300,000 on advertising in support of Stenberg’s candidacy.
Bruning is the state attorney general. Stenberg is state treasurer. Both have officially filed as candidates in the Republican United States Senate primary May 15th. Spencer Zimmerman of Omaha has also filed as a Republican. Filing closes February 15th for anyone holding a public office. New filers have until March 1st to file.
State Sen. Deb Fischer of Valentine and Schuyler businessman Pat Flynn are also running for U.S. Senate, yet have not officially filed. Incumbent Democrat Ben Nelson has decided to retire from public office. Former U.S. Sen. Bob Kerrey is considering running for the seat.