Charles Herbster adds another $4.2 million of his own money to his campaign warchest

By: - April 12, 2022 4:45 am

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OMAHA — Charles Herbster has continued largely self-funding his bid for the Republican governor’s nomination in Nebraska, giving his campaign $4.2 million in the first quarter of 2022. Individual donors and groups gave him $113,000 over the same span.

Charles Herbster (Courtesy of Charles Herbster for Governor)

By early April, Herbster, the CEO of Conklin Co., personally funded $8.9 million of the $9.2 million his campaign had raised, state campaign finance forms showed. Individual donors and groups gave him a combined $313,000 through April 5.

University of Nebraska Regent Jim Pillen continued outraising his Republican opponents in terms of donations from individuals and group, receiving a total of nearly $2.4 million in the year’s first quarter.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Jim Pillen
Nebraska Republican gubernatorial candidate Jim Pillen. (Rebecca S. Gratz for Nebraska Examiner)

By April 5, Pillen had raised a combined total of $7.7 million, including $1 million of his own money in 2021. His campaign listed nearly 2,000 donors from Nebraska, the most among the Republican candidates for governor.

State Sen. Brett Lindstrom reported raising $420,000 in the first quarter of 2022. That pushed his combined total above $2 million raised by early April.

State Sen. Brett Lindstrom
State Sen. Brett Lindstrom of Omaha (Courtesy of Lindstrom campaign)

Former State Sen. Theresa Thibodeau raised $159,000 in the first quarter of 2022 and gave herself another $10,000. She raised a combined $287,000 by April 5.

The best-known Democrat in the governor’s race, State Sen. Carol Blood, raised $50,000 in the first quarter. Blood’s fundraising tally to date was $124,000. But she lacks a competitive primary race.

State Sen. Carol Blood (Courtesy of Unicameral Information Service)

Nebraska’s primary election is May 10. Early voting is underway.

Pillen leads the 2022 race in cash on hand headed into the primary’s final stretch, with $2.9 million. Lindstrom was next, with $580,000 in cash on hand.

Former State Sen. Theresa Thibodeau (Courtesy of Thibodeau campaign)

Herbster listed $543,000 in cash on hand.

Thibodeau listed $62,000 in cash on hand.

Blood listed $36,000 in cash on hand.

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Aaron Sanderford
Aaron Sanderford

Political reporter Aaron Sanderford has tackled various news roles in his 20-plus year career. He has reported on politics, crime, courts, government and business for the Omaha World-Herald and Lincoln Journal-Star. He also worked as an assignment editor and editorial writer. He was an investigative reporter at KMTV.