Mayor Jean Stothert’s campaign has raised two million dollars for her re-election effort, a level of financial support that shatters the previous record set by former Mayor Mike Fahey in his 2001 race.
Fahey raised $1.12 million that year, an amount Stothert has surpassed by $900,000.
Stothert’s campaign released a campaign finance report Monday covering the period of March 21—April 24 that shows $268,147 raised with $241,352 in cash-on-hand.
“I am very appreciative of the financial support I have received for our campaign,” Mayor Stothert said. “We have been raising funds on a sustained and planned basis for a number of years now and this allows us to avoid the kind of last-minute dollar scramble that my opponent has faced.”
Stothert’s campaign filed its report electronically with the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission (NADC) on Monday, the deadline. Her opponent’s report, as of Wednesday morning, was not available for public review—most likely because their campaign submitted it in a paper copy to the NADC. That maneuver, although permitted by law, requires state staff to manually type the data into an electronic portal, causing delays in its posting. Transparency is delayed.
Candidate Mello has talked frequently about his proposals for innovating or transforming the city’s technology. It is ironic that he never took any such steps when it came to his own political campaign, sending the message of “do as I say, not as I do.”