Super PAC ads continue in Nebraska Senate election

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July 31, 2011

Nebraska

OMAHA, Nebraska: Super PAC ads will continue to be a part of Nebraska's heated Senate race after Republican candidate Deb Fischer turned down a challenge from Democratic opponent Bob Kerrey to agree to a Massachusetts-style arrangement that would discourage outside groups from buying airtime. The agreement would see to it that if either candidate would be attacked by outside advertising or independent super PACs, the other candidate would donate half the cost of the commercial to charity -- much like the deal struck between Republican Senator Scott Brown and Democratic opponent Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts.[1]

Kerrey's campaign moved to use Fischer's response to their advantage, saying the decision shows she remains in the pocket of big-money GOP interest groups. Kerrey campaign manager Paul Johnson said, "She realizes she owes everything to special interests. Her unwillingness to join Kerrey in keeping out super PAC dollars tells us everything we need to know about Deb Fischer."[1]

Fischer explained that while she does not always agree with the way some groups conduct themselves, she respects their constitutional right to exist. A right affirmed by the Supreme Court's decision in the Citizen's United v. Federal Election Commission case. The Fischer campaign has called the challenge a distraction meant to divert attention from key issues. Daniel Keylin, a spokesman for Fischer, said, “Kerrey’s flawed proposal is just one more reason Nebraskans can’t trust Bob Kerrey and his New York-style politics.”[1]

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