Holland will lead Democratic fundraising in Nebraska

2012-08-03T21:00:00Z 2012-08-11T17:31:09Z Holland will lead Democratic fundraising in NebraskaBy DON WALTON / Lincoln Journal Star JournalStar.com

Mary Ann "Andy" Holland of Omaha has been named state finance chairwoman of the Nebraska Democratic Party.

Holland, who has extensive fundraising experience as a board member for a number of community organizations, is the daughter of Omaha philanthropist Dick Holland, who has been the party's leading contributor in Nebraska.

Her appointment was announced by Vince Powers, who will succeed Vic Covalt as state party chairman.

"I am prepared to dig in and work to build our financial resources so that we can elect Democrats in Nebraska," Holland said.

"If I had my way, we would reverse Citizens United and adopt a fair system of electing our leaders. Unfortunately, this may not happen in my lifetime."

The Citizens United decision by the U.S. Supreme Court effectively erased campaign financing limits. And on Friday, the Nebraska Supreme Court ruled that Nebraska’s Campaign Finance Limitation Act is unconstitutional. The 1992 act was meant to level the financial playing field in political campaigns. 

"It is tragic that the only voices that will be heard are those of the wealthiest one-tenth of 1 percent of the population," Holland said. "It outrages me that we have to fight back in kind by raising as much money as they do."

Holland said she will work with Nebraska Democratic leaders to develop and execute an effective and robust fundraising plan.

Earlier, Holland withdrew as a candidate for Democratic national committeewoman. Nebraska Democrats subsequently elected Patty Zieg of Omaha.

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