Pete Ricketts Biggest Spender in the Countryby Kyle Michaelis
In Nebraska, a small (by population) and cheap media market, this insane level of spending basically boggles the mind. Ricketts spent more than a quarter of a million dollars more than the next highest challenger: another super-wealthy Republican, Rich Tarrant of Vermont.
In fact, only two incumbents spent more than Ricketts, the mighty Hillary Clinton of New York and the desperate Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania - both in markets much larger and more expensive than our own.
Nebraska, I've never thought your vote was for sale, but Ricketts' is certainly putting that to the test. This is a man who's obviously used to getting what he wants, no matter the cost. If he comes out of that Republican primary, voters may as well just name their price and Ricketts will have the check in the mail.
Who does this guy think he is? Even more troubling, who exactly does he think we are? Is selling our democracy to the highest bidder really one of these "Nebraska values" Ricketts has been talking about on TV for the last 6 months?
Maybe I should ask his mother.