While Senator Deb Fischer has taken nearly $1.5 million1 in campaign donations from deep-pocketed corporate political action committees (PACs) and voted time and time again against the interests of working Nebraskans, her personal net worth skyrocketed from $300,000 when she took office to more than $4 million today — 13 times her net worth since being elected.2
Few working Nebraskans can make that claim.
Fischer's actions in the Senate have been guided by her big, corporate donors
Fischer sold her loyalties to the highest bidder, voting for corporations above Nebraskans and pushing Wall Street's agenda in the Senate. Pharmaceutical, health insurance, and health care corporate PACs gave a total $120,000 to Fischer's campaign, and she repaid them by casting a vote to send Nebraska's health insurance premiums skyrocketing.34
But why should Deb Fischer care? She gets access to free and low-cost health care on the taxpayers' dime while raking in buckets of cash from health insurance and pharma PACs who want to make sure she gives them sweetheart deals from the Senate floor.
Fischer also voted for the Republican tax-cut scheme, which gives away huge tax breaks to large corporations and pads the pockets of wealthy individuals but leaves hard-working Nebraskans with less in their wallets.5678 Fischer's vote saved $25 billion for just 17 oil & gas companies this year9 and saved another $10 billion dollars for just 21 health care companies in 2018.10 While Nebraskans struggle to pay their ever rising health care costs, Wall Street tycoons and health care corporation executives are swimming in cash thanks to Sen. Fischer.1112
Fischer voted against a resolution to overturn the FCC's Net Neutrality13 decision after receiving $136,350 from telecommunications industry giants like Verizon, AT&T. and Comcast.14 Fischer did their bidding in the Senate to end an era of free, fair, and open internet for Nebraskans.
Will Senator Fischer listen to and fight for Nebraskans? Do any of us have $1.5 million to buy her loyalty?
Corruption in the Capitol
Almost a half million dollars of Deb Fischer's corporate PAC donations have come from the very corporations she has the responsibility of regulating on the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, the Senate Armed Services Committee, and the Senate Agriculture Committee.15
Sen. Fischer is completely mired in the corruptive influence of corporate special interests on members of Congress. Her vote has been bought by big, corporate special interest and it's time for her era of corruption to end.
Jane Raybould Can't Be Bought
Jane Raybould is showing Nebraskans her vote can't be bought by big, corporate special interests. Unlike Fischer, Raybould has pledged to reject all corporate PAC donations in her campaign for U.S. Senate. Once elected, Raybould's very first bill will be the "Gone Washington Act," a necessary piece of legislation to prevent the corruptive influence of corporate special interests on members of Congress.
Raybould's "Gone Washington Act" would prevent members of Congress from soliciting or accepting campaign contributions from any corporate PACs if they sit on a Congressional Committee which regulates that corporation's industry. The bill would amend the 2002 BCRA (Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act, also known as Mccain-Feingold) and the FEC would be directed to develop parameters for penalties, including but not limited to, fining the campaign committee of the Member of Congress.
Cleaning up Washington doesn't have to wait until after November. Raybould sent a letter to the Senate Committee on Ethics requesting an investigation into how Sen. Fischer made $4 million dollars over the last five years despite earning approximately $174,000 a year serving in the Senate.
6 Washington Post, 12/15/17
7 Time, 12/20/17
8 Small Business Majority Press Release, 12/15/17
9 Pacific Standard, 3/27/18
10 Axios, 3/5/18
11 Axios, 3/5/18
12 The New York Times, 2/26/18
13 Washington Post, 5/16/18