MEMO: What you need to know about Deb Fischer

Thanks to the more than $250,000 investment from billionaire Joe Rickett’s super PAC, Deb Fischer won a surprising last-person-standing victory in Nebraska’s Republican senate primary. But now Nebraskans are left wondering: who is their Republican nominee? As an untested, unknown, unscrutinized candidate, Deb Fischer didn’t “win” on Tuesday, her opponents lost. But now that she will be the Republican standard bearer in the most high profile race in the state, her record, votes, and positions will be thoroughly vetted by voters.

While no means exhaustive, below is a quick primer on what you need to know about Deb Fischer.

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ThinkProgress: Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning Calls Drinking Age Unconstitutional

On March 30, 2012, ThinkProgress reported:

In an exclusive interview with ThinkProgress’s Scott Keyes, however, Nebraska Attorney General and U.S. Senate candidate Jon Bruning (R), one of the conservative elected officials behind the anti-health care lawsuit, says that even this nonsensical attack on health reform does not go far enough. If it were up to him, a seminal 25 year-old opinion laying out the federal government’s power to work in partnership with states should be overruled as well:

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An Open Letter To Reince Priebus (RNC Chairman)

Dear Mr. Priebus,


You must be awfully proud of your team at the RNC. Your new ad, featuring Solicitor General Donald Verrilli is, as your spokesman described it, “novel” and “ahead of the curve.” Though we’re not sure if he meant the use of Supreme Court audio recordings, or the blatant manipulation of the audio.

Foolishly, we here at American Bridge 21st Century have been relying on the actual video and audio of your candidates, in full and in context.

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VIDEO: 12 Days Of Christmas, American Bridge Style

From gaffes to flip flops to crony capitalism, this has been a fun year to be involved with politics at American Bridge 21st Century. As 2011 draws to a close, we thought it would be fun to take a look back at just a few of the stories that have made headlines over the last 365 days.

“Between the Republican Presidential, Senate and House candidates, this has been a year of bountiful flip flops, gaffes and just outright craziness. As the year comes to a close, we at American Bridge would like to wish you a happy holiday and leave you with some of our favorite moments,” said Rodell Mollineau, President of American Bridge 21st Century.

Happy holidays from American Bridge! We hope you enjoy our take on the 12 Days of Christmas.

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Huffington Post: Nebraska GOP Senate Candidate Jon Bruning Hires Man Behind Infamous ‘Willie Horton’ Ad

On September 29, 2011 the Huffington Post wrote about the latest misstep from the Jon Bruning campaign:

“What better way to reform your image as a politician who makes racially insensitive comments than to hire the ad firm that makes racially insensitive ads?” said Rodell Mollineau, president of American Bridge 21st Century.”

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Lincoln Journal-Star: Eyes and ears tracking the candidates

They forget.

No longer can a politician or officeholder say or do anything in a setting, public or private, formal or informal, large or small, without considering that he or she may be speaking to the world.

Video cameras, camcorders, audio recorders, iPhones and other smartphone technology may be — and probably will be — there.

And soon they are on YouTube or splashed across Page 1 or on the 10 o’clock news.

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TPM: Jon Bruning Explains Why He Compared Poor To Racoons

“When last we heard from Nebraska Attorney General Job Bruning (R), who is running for Senate, he was walking back comparisons he made between poor people on welfare and raccoons scavenging for insects. But he went on to blame “the liberal intelligentsia” for the controversy and defend the basic point.

In a radio interview last month with local station KLIN, audio of which was posted Thursday by Democratic Super PAC American Bridge, Bruning said that he understands the struggles of the poor, but that his raccoon metaphor still holds up.

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Omaha World-Herald: Bruning owns lake house with 2 Nelnet officials

On August 28, 2011, the Omaha World-Herald reported:

In the summer of 2007, Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning waived a $1 million settlement reached with a student loan company accused of improper business practices.

He later backed down after being accused of showing favoritism to Nelnet, a company whose executives had donated $16,000 to his campaigns.

A year after the controversy, Bruning and two top Nelnet executives purchased a $675,000 house together near the Platte River.

Bruning, now running for U.S. Senate, said it was purely a personal transaction, with all the costs associated with the property split three ways.


Bruning said the heightened scrutiny comes with being the front-runner.

He defended his decision to purchase the vacation home with the Nelnet officials, saying the company is not under investigation in Nebraska and there is no conflict of interest.

“Nelnet is a good, homegrown company that employs hundreds of Nebraskans in good jobs,” Bruning said.

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