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June 22, 2011


Kleeb and Fahleson duke it out on Twitter

by Deena Winter
Jane Kleeb

Bold Nebraska founder Jane Kleeb

Twitter adds a whole new dimension to partisan bickering: Today, the news came out that prominent Democrat Jane Kleeb paid a whopping $50 fine for mistakenly filling out campaign finance forms.

Mark Fahleson, chairman of the Nebraska Republican Party, was quick to pounce — probably even quicker than usual, given the Democrats’ going after Republican Jon Bruning for what they say are campaign violations.

GOP chairman Mark Fahleson

In her settlement agreement with the state Accountability & Disclosure Commission, Kleeb said the Hastings school board race was her “first political campaign” and that she had a “mistaken belief” as to what state campaign finance laws required. Fahleson wasn’t buying that; he noted Kleeb has held national partisan campaign positions since 2003 and her husband Scott Kleeb ran unsuccessfully for federal office in 2006 and 2008.

“Jane Kleeb either willfully ignored the law in this case or was recklessly uneducated about it, simply to achieve a political goal,” Fahleson said.

Republicans also noted that she didn’t just fail to report an expenditure correctly, she failed to properly register her committee, properly file required campaign statements and failed to properly report late campaign contributions.

“We can focus on the size of the fine, but at the end of the day she would not be nearly as dismissive if Heineman or Bruning were fined $50 by the FEC as a result of the bogus Bold Nebraska complaints that were recently dismissed,” said Jordan McGrain, executive director of the Nebraska Republican Party. “She would claim victory and condemn them for breaking the law. They did not, she did.”

But duking it out in the press wasn’t the end of it: Fahleson tweeted a message to Kleeb saying he was “Reading with interest a (sic) FEC dismissal of one of your frivolous complaints. Not a good day for u or Sen.BenNelson.”


Kleeb replied by saying it was a $50 fine and asking if Fahleson would be sending it out as a “top press release” for “bruning, Heineman or others?”

Kind of weird to see party leaders throwing punches on Twitter.

2 Comments Post a comment
  1. Dave
    Jun 22 2011

    Not to weird when one considers Mark Falseone was jousting about nothing. So far he seems like a young boy spending most his time running in circles.

  2. deb
    Jun 22 2011

    I’m really sick of this stuff. I think we should get them a sand box and teach them how to play w/each other. Isn’t there a book out there “All I ever needed to know I learned in kindergarten?”. Doesn’t matter if it’s left or right, I’m just tired of the blogs, twitters, and soundbites. And guess what, as you reported earlier, newpapers (Des Moines Register, for example) are laying off employees. Hate to say it, but it sounds like everyone enjoys being dumbed-downed (jumping on the bandwagon) and not doing any research or checking any facts. Are we all out just to pick a fight, self-defense, and/or incite others to do the same? What ever happened to thoughtful debate?


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