Ricketts raises $1.4 million for campaign

2014-01-28T15:45:00Z 2014-02-02T11:48:06Z Ricketts raises $1.4 million for campaignBy the Lincoln Journal Star JournalStar.com

Republican gubernatorial candidate Pete Ricketts said Tuesday he raised nearly $1.4 million during the first four months of his campaign.

None of the $1.3 million that represents direct cash contributions came from his own pocket, Ricketts said. He did make in-kind contributions for travel expenses and meals totaling $1,988.03.

In 2006, Ricketts largely self-funded his Senate campaign, which ended with a general election loss to incumbent Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson.

Ricketts has said he is determined this time to seek support from campaign contributions that bring with them a personal investment in the campaign.

The year-end campaign finance report showed $931,000 in cash on hand entering 2014.

Contributions to Ricketts in 2013 came from 697 individuals and businesses, 495 in Nebraska.

Ricketts, an Omahan and former chief operating officer of Ameritrade, has founded a Nebraska business that invests in local entrepreneurs and start-up companies.

Reach Don Walton at 402-473-7248 or at dwalton@journalstar.com.

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