Big money for the spring election

Big money for the spring election

By Juan Perez Jr. January 16, 2013 5:00 pm Comments

City Councilmember Pete Festersen has filed his campaign finance report early. It’s easy to see why.

The Dundee/Benson representative held $145,605.92 in his campaign account at the end of 2012. Some big-name donors are on the list.

“I’m confident this will be the largest balance of any current city councilman or challenger … and comparable to what you’ll soon find with the mayoral candidates, I’m told,” Festersen told us earlier today. Festersen will face Edward Truemper, a pediatrician who works at Children’s Hospital and the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

At first blush, it looks like this year’s city election is going to be a robust arms (e.g. fundraising) race. Mayoral candidates are pulling in some serious cash.

Just look at mayoral candidate Dan Welch’s war chest. Jean Stothert, meanwhile, tells us she has $240,000 in the bank for the spring election.

Stothert’s campaign announced it raised $330,000 in 2012, a figure that includes roughly $100,000 from Stothert’s City Council campaign fund. Stothert’s campaign said much of its spending was on office space, staff and research. The campaign declined to identify specific donors ahead of a finance report deadline later this month.

We’ve watched this issue closely, and will have plenty more analysis on the money involved in Omaha’s elections soon.