Governor Heineman and Attorney General Bruning both took highly questionable (and potentially illegal) campaign contribution checks from TransCanada, a foreign company. They both potentially broke a federal law enacted in 1966, the FEC will determine if they broke the law.

“One of Bold Nebraska’s goals is to keep elected officials accountable,” said Jane Kleeb, editor of Bold Nebraska.  “For two of our highest level elected officials to give Nebraskans the excuse of ‘they didn’t know’ about the law that has been on the books for over 40 years is suspicious.”

There are numerous questions around the illegal TransCanada donations that must be answered.  One is the address that both Heineman and Bruning gave on their Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure filings.  Other questions will be cited in the FEC complaint and in public events Bold Nebraska holds with partners over the coming months.

The FEC complaint will be filed next week.  A full copy of the FEC complaint will be made available next week to the press and to all Nebraskans on

More information on the FEC law regarding foreign contributions can be found by clicking here. The law states:

The Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) prohibits any foreign national from contributing, donating or spending funds in connection with any federal, state, or local election in the United States, either directly or indirectly.  It is also unlawful to help foreign nationals violate that ban or to solicit, receive or accept contributions or donations from them.


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