Forward Omaha, which was created to oppose the recall effort against Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle, received the bulk of its financing in the form of advertising and consulting services from Suttle’s campaign committee.
The gifts were worth a combined $171,000, according to a filing to the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission.
In all, the committee raised almost $70,000 in cash and nearly $175,000 in in-kind donations.
The largest individual donor was Joseph Moglia, chairman of TD Ameritrade, who gave $10,000. Other major donors include Steven Silver, president of International Nutrition; lawyer Deryl Hamann; and Dennis Circo, chairman emeritus of Precision Industries.
“Forward Omaha is a group that represented the majority view,” said Noelle Obermeyer, spokeswoman for the group.
“We had a number of great supporters, and we’re really grateful. Now it’s time for their voices to be heard.”
The group also raised a little more than $2,000 from donors who gave less than $250 each, the threshold at which donors have to be named.
“Even in these tough economic times, you’re going to find people who say, ‘Look, I can’t give you $10,000, but I can give you $50,’ ” Obermeyer said. “And we really appreciate that.”
The money was spent on consulting and expenses related to the court case challenging the recall petition process. Stamps, handwriting analysis and mailing are among expenses listed.
Suttle’s campaign committee was also active during the fundraising period, from Jan. 1 through Dec. 21. In that time, the mayor raised almost $250,000. Many of the donations came after September, when the recall effort got under way.
The committee, which bills itself as jimsuttle.com, had almost $60,000 in its war chest at the end of the period.
Some of the major individual donors to Suttle were businessman Dick Holland, who gave $15,000, and Hamann, who donated $5,000.
Most of the committee’s money came from donations made by political action committees and businesses. Broadmoor Development gave $25,000, Union Pacific gave $10,000, Ironworkers Local 21 gave $6,075, Steamfitters and Plumbers Local 464 gave $7,500, and Cox Communications gave $6,250.
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