Republican United States Senate candidate Ben Sasse might be a newcomer to politics, but he certainly knows how to raise money.
The Sasse campaign has announced it has raised $815,103 in the first quarter.
That total sets a one-quarter record for fund-raising in Nebraska, surpassing the record set by Sen. Mike Johanns in 2007. Sasse is among the Republican candidates running to succeed Johanns, a Republican, who has decided to step down from the office.
“This is a historic number for any candidate running for Senate in Nebraska,” said Sasse campaign manager Tyler Grassmeyer in a statement released by the campagin. “We are most proud of the support we have received inside the state of Nebraska, raising more money here than any other candidate.”
Sasse is president of Midland University in Fremont. He has never run for office before. He has served in government. Sasse served as Assistant Secretary of Health under President George W. Bush. Nearly half the money raised came from outside the state, likely due to his ties to the former president.
Former state Treasurer Shane Osborn, Omaha lawyer Bart McLeay, and Omaha banker Sid Dinsdale have also announced their candidacy in the Republican primary.