Ben Sasse shows Senate fundraising strength

2013-09-30T16:00:00Z 2013-10-01T20:54:10Z Ben Sasse shows Senate fundraising strengthBy DON WALTON / Lincoln Journal Star JournalStar.com

Republican Senate candidate Ben Sasse   demonstrated his fundraising prowess Monday, completing an eight-week surge that fueled his campaign with nearly $750,000.

That show of financial support confirmed that Sasse will be a leading contender in a 2014 GOP race featuring four candidates who should be able to tap considerable financial resources.

The Sasse figures, first revealed by Breitbart News, a conservative news and opinion website, reflect the figures he will report to the Federal Election Commission for the fundraising quarter that ended Monday.

Former state Treasurer Shane Osborn, who entered the Senate race last summer long before Sasse, reported $234,000 in funding in his first quarterly report, but he raised all that money in June.

Osborn has been aggressively engaged in fundraising this quarter, and his pending report is expected to demonstrate impressive figures of his own.

The other two Republican candidates, Omaha banker Sid Dinsdale and Omaha corporate attorney Bart McLeay, also presumably have substantial resources to tap.

At stake is the seat that Sen. Mike Johanns will vacate at the end of next year.

Sasse is president of Midland University in Fremont.

His fundraising appeal is tied directly to his informed opposition to Obamacare, the new health care reform law, according to Breitbart.

Sasse is a former U.S. assistant secretary of health and human services.

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