Omaha, NE.– Maybe it’s a fundraising ploy, maybe not.
But here’s what we know.
After releasing the first TV attack ad of the campaign, hitting Republican Senator Deb Fischer, Democrat Jane Raybould fired off a letter to her supporters noting, “…we need to raise another $6,000 to reach our goal and keep our ad on the air as long as we can.”
According to the Raybould campaign, the ad is “running statewide.” But News Channel Nebraska has learned that, as of late Monday, according to the public records of Omaha’s two most watched news stations, the ad was not being aired on either KETV or WOWT.
[See our expanded video report above].
That follows campaign finance reports which find Raybould well behind Fischer. Fischer has raised some $6 million compared to Raybould’s $1.2 million and in the all-important cash on hand numbers it’s Fischer with $2.75 million, over five times more than Raybould’s $480,000.
As for the ad, as News Channel Nebraska has reported, it hits Fischer hard on tariffs and more.
In addition, Raybould had this to say outside the ad: “As farm bankruptcies are on the rise in Nebraska, Sen. Fischer is sitting pretty with a net worth that has grown 10-fold since she took office. She’s getting rich but most of Nebraska’s farmers are hurting right now.”
Fischer’s campaign tells News Channel Nebraska that Fischer is endorsed by, among others, the Nebraska Farm Bureau and Nebraska Cattlemen.
As for when and where the TV ad is running, Raybould’s campaign tells News Channel Nebraska, “We are not disclosing our buying strategy.”