Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning did not specifically identify his ownership of a lake house in state financial reports, but he did list his association with two businesses that owned the house, as required by a state form.
A question about whether Bruning properly reported his partial ownership in the lake house, which he shared with two top Nelnet executives, was raised Monday by the Nebraska Democratic Party, which filed a complaint with the state.
Nebraska Democrats have filed an ethics complaint against Republican United States Senate candidate Jon Bruning. The Bruning campaign calls the complaint a "baseless, false claim."
Nebraska Democratic Party attorney Dennis Crawford has filed a complaint with the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission [Download PDF], claiming Republican U. S. Senate candidate Jon Bruning failed to disclose a vacation home he owns with two Nelnet executives.
The Nebraska Democratic Party is taking aim at state Attorney General Jon Bruning for his shared ownership of a pricey vacation home. According to The Associated Press, the party filed an ethics complaint Monday against Bruning, a Republican running for the U.S. Senate. The party claims he didn't disclose that he shared ownership of a $675,000 home near Ashland in various financial statements.
Check out our new website designed to shine a spotlight on the real Jon Bruning!
- Who is the real Jon Bruning? The real Jon Bruning claims to hate out of control spending. His solution? Cut Social Security and Medicare, even though he refused to cut his own budget, which has increased by more than 80 percent during his time as Attorney General — that’s even faster than the federal budget.
- The real Jon Bruning rails against the unemployed as “scavenging raccoons” but as Attorney General he has spent so much time moonlighting on corporate boards and running his businesses that he couldn’t be bothered to do the job he was elected to carry out: file the paperwork over a felony case. Failing to file it allowed a woman who was accused of stealing thousands from her own mother to go free.
- The real Jon Bruning has not only tripled his net worth while serving as Attorney General, but he just can’t seem to say “no” to free golf — he has taken gifts worth more than $60,000 including golf trips from San Diego to Michigan and Texas.
We'll be updating our new site regularly with news and information about the real Jon Bruning. We hope you'll check back often.
Some of you may have heard of this tool called Votebuilder or the VAN! Well, it is all
you have heard and more. Votebuilder allows you to enter in data from
canvasses, events, surveys, dinners or whatever may be going on in your community.
So what is Voterbuilder/The VAN?
Votebuilder is our Voter Activation Network (VAN) or our voter file. It has information about every
single Registered Voter in Nebraska. We use Votebuilder to update our records
on the voters of Nebraska and to keep track of when, who and how they voted. We
are also using the VAN for caucus.
Who is allowed to use Votebuilder?
Well, just about any registered Democrat in Nebraska. County Parties, for example, get
to use the VAN for free, outside progressive organizations and candidates have
to pay a small fee to get access to it.
What is in Votebuilder?
Votebuilder contains basic information on every voter such has the name, place of
registration, birth, and all other basic information, which is provided to us by
the Secretary of State. Also within Votebuilder, people have created lists,
entered in data, collected canvass results and survey results and entered that
data into Votebuilder in order to make sure it has all the necessary
information that can then help Democrats target potential supporters.
How can I improve Votebuilder?
The more people who enter in data, the more information candidates and other
organizations have available to them. The more information we collect, the
better our campaigns can target, the better our message will be and ultimately
get more Democrats elected. The more information you enter in NOW the more help
it will be.
What if I have a question?
Once your candidate or organization has received your Votebuilder account, the NDP
offers help and trained staff to help you learn and be successful when using
What do I need to do to get on?
If you are part of your Local County Party, contact your County Chair and they will
help you to get access.
If you are a candidate or outside organization seeking access to the VAN, you
can contact us here.
I am a Caucus Chair or a Caucus Committee Member and I am looking for more information on how to use The VAN with caucus, how do I get this information?
Please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and in the subject line
please put Caucus Chair or Caucus Committee.
have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact our VAN Administrator
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Regarding this anniversary, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz said:
For 45 years, Medicare has offered American seniors the ability to obtain the care they need throughout their retirement and live in a more healthy and dignified way. Though Medicare has evolved throughout the years, the promise we've made to seniors has been unbroken, and through the Affordable Care Act, Democrats have provided greater security to America's seniors by closing the prescription drug 'donut hole,' ensuring affordable access to preventive care and trimming overpayments to insurance companies.
Unfortunately, Republicans are doing everything they can to guarantee that Medicare as we know it never reaches its 46th year. In Congress and on the campaign trail, Republicans are calling for reduced benefits and higher costs to seniors - all so that they can offer more tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires. We cannot allow Republicans to deprive America's seniors of vital benefits simply to line the pockets of the wealthiest few - to do so would be to cast aside our obligations to our parents and grandparents and to turn our backs on the sense of mutual responsibility for our fellow citizens that has made our country great and helped build our middle class.
On this anniversary of the implementation of Medicare, I as a Representative of tens of thousands of Florida seniors and the Democratic Party reaffirm our commitment to protecting Medicare and guaranteeing that this program marks many more successful years.
Forty years ago today, the minimum voting age was lowered from twenty-one to eighteen under the twenty-sixth amendment to our Constitution. The twenty-sixth amendment came about due to the strong belief that if people were old enough to serve and die for their country, then they should also be able to vote for those people who sent them to war.
The language is one of the more simple amendments to our Constitution:
The right of citizens of the United States, who are 18 years of age or older, to vote, shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state on account of age.
The Congress shall have the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
The twenty-sixth amendment is not the last time our Constitution was amended. The twenty-seventh amendment was our last and occurred in 1992 - 203 years after its initial submission to the states for ratification.
How can Nebraskans even consider supporting someone who wastes their money while playing politics?
Nebraskans deserve to know how Attorney General Jon Bruning's trip was paid for to Atlanta, and they may deserve their money back. Yesterday's trip was all about politics. And all about his goal of taking health care away from Nebraska kids, seniors and families. It had nothing to do with Bruning's elected position as Nebraska's top law enforcer.
In fact, he flew off to Atlanta to try to eliminate a law, the Affordable Care Act, not enforce one.
Doing so, Bruning was either wasting taxpayer money on a political junket or wasting his taxpayer-paid salary if his campaign paid for his trip to Atlanta.
• If the state paid for his trip to Atlanta, he needs to reimburse Nebraska taxpayers for his airfare, hotel, cabs, and food.
• If his Senate campaign paid, he needs to reimburse Nebraska taxpayers for his salary because he certainly wasn't in Atlanta on state business.
It was purely political and for what?
Bruning wants to overturn the Affordable Care Act. That would:
• Take away health coverage for 106,000 Nebraska kids with pre-existing conditions.
• Raise premiums for hundreds of thousands of Nebraskans who have insurance and currently pay for those who do not.
• Make seniors pay more for prescription drugs.
• Continue bankrupting families with high medical bills.
With all his shenanigans, Nebraskans see once again plain as day that Jon Bruning isn't doing the job they elected him to in 2010. He ran off the job chasing another one in 2012.
For what? His political ambitions. Nothing else.
Senator Mike Johanns makes our head spin—like riding a Tilt-a-Whirl ride at the fair.
But he can’t have it both ways: he opposed Health Care Reform decrying $500 billion cuts to Medicare as bad for seniors when it wasn’t true. Now he votes for the Ryan Budget with the same cuts—except in the Ryan plan they really will harm seniors’ health care. That’s what happens people make stuff up purely to play partisan political games.
Let’s go to the record:
First, Johanns decrying Medicare cuts:
Column: “The worst plan to protect Medicare beneficiaries is the existing law of the land. It cuts $500 billion from Medicare and uses that money to pay for new entitlement programs.”
Press release: “I am disappointed the House voted to pass the Senate health care legislation. I have numerous concerns with this bill, both on its substance and the process being used to pass it. A bill that raises taxes by more than $500 billion, cuts Medicare by more than $500 billion…”
Second, Johanns voting for the Ryan budget complaining about the $500 billion in Medicare cuts in health reform:
Omaha World-Herald: Senators vote down GOP’s budget
Tribune Washington Bureau
Published Thursday May 26,2011
“Johanns has defended the Ryan plan as at least an attempt to address the federal budget crisis. He pointed out that Medicare is a program already in deep financial trouble and highlighted part of the new health care law that cuts $500 billion in Medicare reimbursements to health care providers over ten years. Johanns said those cuts will harm senior citizens’ access to care.”
But Johanns voted for the Ryan plan containing those Medicare cuts, and more:
The Ryan plan repeals the health reform law entirely, except it keeps those $500 billion in cuts.
It eliminates the parts of health reform that help hospitals and drug companies absorb those cuts by bringing more people into coverage and reducing their uncompensated care.
But it keeps the payment reductions to hospitals and others.
The impact is deep cuts to reimbursements to hospitals and reduced access to health care for seniors.
Here’s a column from Ezra Klein from the Washington Post on the issue: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/does-ryan-now-believ...
Also, from CBO on Ryan: CBO report, page 10: “(After listing the portions of the Affordable Care Act that would be repealed,) Most of the other changes that PPACA and the Reconciliation Act made to the Medicare program would be retained.” http://www.cbo.gov/ftpdocs/121xx/doc12128/04-05-Ryan_Letter.pdf
The Federation of American Hospitals says Ryan plan “will severely impact access to essential medical care for seniors.” http://www.fah.org/fahCMS/Documents/Press%20Releases/2011/House_budget_r...
“Repealing coverage expansions, while retaining Medicare and Medicaid that went along with those expansions is of Repeal of the coverage expansions, is of particular concern. Sustaining these cuts will severely impact access to essential medical care for seniors, as well as the lowest income Americans. The combined effect of dropping the new coverage and maintaining the cuts threatens the care that communities depend on, and will place harsh limits on the very health care providers who are frequently the most significant job creators in their local communities.”
Tomorrow Jon Bruning launches his "Principles Matter Tour" as he campaigns for his next day job.
Always the political opportunist, Bruning doesn't bother to complete the task at hand. Nebraska may be in a situation where we owe $5.2 billion to tobacco companies due to litigation by Bruning. Bruning, however, isn't even in his office to deal with the situation.
Meanwhile U.S. Senator Ben Nelson is hard at work in Washington fighting for Nebraska.
It's only been 161 days since Bruning was elected to Attorney General and he's already out on the campaign trail looking for another job.
Do his principles really matter?
So feel free to attend one of Bruning's appearances across our fair state and ask him why he's not back in Lincoln working for your tax dollars.