Deena Winter: Nebraska Watchdog, 12/09/2011
The attorney general’s office’s public awarding of a $100,000 grant Monday to an offshoot of the Nebraska Farm Bureau has some questioning whether the money is more of a political gift, but Jon Bruning says it was a standard grant.
However, the donation raised eyebrows because the state’s largest farm group’s endorsement carries significant weight – Gov. Dave Heineman said the Farm Bureau’s endorsement over Tom Osborne helped put him “over the top” in the 2006 gubernatorial battle. The farm and ranch advocacy group has more than 56,000 members in Nebraska.
“The guy’s running for election and he’s taking public funds and he’s handing them out to people,” Covalt said. “It stinks.”