Brad Ashford's campaign for mayor underreported the amount of money it raised in January and February by some $28,000.
Rob Irvine, Ashford's campaign manager, said it was a clerical error.
The campaign treasurer, he said, inadvertently left out donations of less than $250.
State law only requires campaigns to report the names of those giving more than $250 to the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission, though reports are also supposed to reflect the full amount of money raised, regardless of the source.
“We kind of knew there were some problems in the original report,” Irvine said. “We are correcting it and sending it to the NADC.”
The money brings Ashford's fundraising total for the first two months of the year to about $90,000 — vaulting him from last place to neck and neck with Jean Stothert during the period.
After learning from The World-Herald about the underreporting, Stothert's campaign filed an inquiry with Nebraska's campaign finance oversight committee.
“I'm sure they'll just say, 'Oh, shucks, it was just a reporting error, who cares,'” said Ryan Horn, Stothert's campaign manager. “That's would not be very reassuring to me as a voter electing a person who will manage my taxes.”
Frank Daley, executive director of the NADC, said Thursday that he was not aware of the problem with Ashford's filing. But campaigns routinely amend reports, he said.
The next campaign finance reports are due March 25.
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