Ricketts gives $44,500 to Nebraska GOP legislative hopefuls

Published: Oct. 23, 2016 at 3:41 PM CDT
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With little more than two weeks until the election, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts is pouring big money into this year's legislative races on top of his contributions to the campaign seeking to preserve the death penalty.

Ricketts has given at least $44,500 of his own money to GOP legislative candidates and state senators to pad their campaign funds. The governor has taken an active role even in some races pitting conservatives against moderate Republicans who clashed with him during his first two years in office.

Former Gov. Dave Heineman gave to the state GOP and its legislative candidates through his official campaign committee, although in smaller amounts than Ricketts. Heineman donated a total of $7,750 to six legislative candidates in 2014.