Insure the Good Life, the formal campaign for Initiative 427, had reported raising $1.7 million by October. It since has raised another $1.1 million.
The Fairness Project, a national organization, has contributed $1.2 million. The group advertises itself as a group which pushes ballot initiative campaigns to offer “voters the opportunity to do what politicians cannot or will not: take direct action to enact sound economic policy and change their own lives.”
The Fairness Project bills itself as a key player in the successful 2017 ballot campaign in Maine to expand Medicaid.
Financial backing also comes from Nebraska Appleseed, the Center for Rural Affairs, and the Nebraska State Education Association.
No formal opposition has arisen, though Americans for Prosperity has spoken out against Medicaid expansion and reports spending $15,000 in opposition to Initiative 427.
Initiative 427 proposes to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act to cover approximately 90,000 low-income Nebraskans. Filibusters mounted by opponents have prevented the legislature from expanding Medicaid since the ACA passed Congress. Thirty-three states have expanded Medicaid under the ACA.