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Michael Knebel
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Nebraska Treasurer
Former Candidate
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Nebraska-Lincoln
Place of birthLincoln, Nebraska
ProfessionFutures broker
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Michael Knebel was a Libertarian candidate for Nebraska Treasurer in the 2014 elections.[1] Michael Knebel lost the general election on November 4, 2014.


Knebel is a licensed futures broker with TD Ameritrade. He also serves as a board member with View Point Television.[2]


  • Bachelor's degree, political science, University of Nebraska-Lincoln[2]



See also: Nebraska down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Knebel ran for election to the office of Nebraska Treasurer.[1] The general election took place November 4, 2014.


General election
Nebraska Treasurer, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDon Stenberg Incumbent 68.1% 357,474
     Democratic Michael O'Hara 26.5% 139,101
     Libertarian Michael Knebel 5.3% 28,009
Total Votes 524,584
Election Results via Nebraska Secretary of State.

Campaign themes

Knebel's campaign website listed the following themes for the 2014 race:

As Nebraska State Treasurer, Mike will focus on the following issues:

College Savings

The Nebraska Education Savings Trust (NEST) is one of the top-ranked 529 college savings programs in the country. Mike will work to make sure these plans can be 100% funded so that an unfunded liability for the state is not created. Mike will also work to ensure that the state website mentions all available forms of funding for college.

In addition, Mike will work to create programs that educate high school students on financial literacy, and will look at having this education available in a free and open site available so that students have greater access to this information.

He will also look into partnering with educational programs such as Rich Dad and Dave Ramsey so that students and parents can better understand their financial choices and options.

Superflous Fees

Under Section 54-635 of the Commercial Dog and Cat Operator Inspection Act, Mike will lobby for the removal of the cash fund, and a switch to a $1 charge on licensing. This $1 fee will then go into the Cash Fund and will be either reinvested or used for operation fees for the Act. Mike will oppose any additional fees charged by the state, and where applicable, will remove them.

Unclaimed Property and Paperless Systems

Electronic payments and unclaimed property requests sent to the state should have the ability to be done without having to fax in a registration form.

The types of electronic payments received by the state should be expanded, and the state website should be more accessible, easier to navigate, make payments, and receive information. The State Treasury should also allow payments in Bitcoin.

Currently, the Treasury does not have a website compatible with mobile devices. The state systems should be upgraded, and an easy-to-use mobile site should be created.

An audit of the information currently available on the website, as well as the level of security of the website, should be undertaken.

Long Term Care Savings

Mike advocates the abolishing of long term care savings plans, as it is a narrow way to save for these types of situations and puts too many restrictions on money that the individual may or may not need for long term care. There are many other plans out there, and removal of this one will save the state time and money, as well as allowing Nebraskans more freedom in their choices for saving and investing.

Planning for the financial future of Nebraska

Mike, in conjunction with the state investment council, will review how state funds are managed in order to prepare for increasing interest rates and reassess where funds are invested and how the state’s investment portfolio is structured. He will make sure that all funds in the state are secured and invested in areas that have an appropriate amount of risk/reward for taxpayers.

Public Record Law

Having to go to a government office or submit a written request in order to obtain access to public state records is something that can be cumbersome and cut down on research time.Mike will work to make all state public records available through secure data sources and that no fees or paperwork will be required to access these records.

Child Support

Mike will work with the state to create a payment system for child support that can be fair and lenient on good fathers. He will encourage removal of late fees and interest as long as payments are completed within an acceptable, to-be-determined, time frame.

Credit Fraud Research

Mike, in conjunction with the State Auditor, will aim to create an easy and efficient way to challenge credit fraud and challenge deceitful collection agencies. [3]

—Michael Knebel's campaign website, (2014) [4]


Knebel and his wife have two children.[2]

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