Nebraska's Attorney General, Jon Bruning, will somehow have to pay a $19,000 fine because the FEC says he violated both reporting rules and the intent of an “exploratory committee.”
The damning evidence was an email which Bruning sent just after forming his "exploratory" committee. It read: “Please help me defeat Ben Nelson in
2012 by making a contribution today.”
In 2010, Bruning (and Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman) had to return campaign contributions from a foreign oil company, TransCanada, after a complaint by Bold Nebraska and subsequent press exposure (apparently Nebraska's top legal official either didn't know TransCanada was not a U.S. company or just forgot that it's illegal for U.S. politicians to be rented by foreign firms.)
In November 2003, Jon Bruning said Massachusetts' Supreme Court ruling against that state's ban on gay marriages was ridiculous. "Does that mean you have to allow a man to marry his pet, or a man to marry his chair?" Bruning said. "I mean, at some point, it needs to stop." [Associated Press, 11/18/03]
In 2011, Jon Bruning persuaded Nebraska State Senator Mike Gloor to introduce legislation punishing HIV+ Nebraskans with up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine if they sneezed in the direction of a cop — despite the fact that saliva doesn't transmit HIV.
In 2012, after state Senator Beau McCoy's bill to kill looming gay rights ordinances in Omaha and Lincoln died in committee, Bruning issued an opinion that LGBT rights ordinances were illegal anyway despite contrary opinions by city attorneys in both Lincoln and Omaha.
Last November, Bruning's US Senate ambitions were dashed in a three-way primary race with former NE AG Don Stenberg and State Senator Deb Fischer when he was targeted by $200,000 worth of last-minute SuperPac attack ads paid for by the billionaire Omaha founder of TD Ameritrade, Joe Ricketts.
Below: Bruning comparing welfare recipients to racoons at an Americans For Prosperity rally.
Below that: In 2012, Bruning broadly insinuated that his GOP opponent, Don Stenberg, was a pedophile because Stenberg's campaign twitter bot asked to "follow" Bruning's 14-year-old daughter — even though at the time Bruning's campaign twitter account was also following at least one 16-year-old girl.