Pro-Kerrey Effort in Nebraska Funded by Super-PAC Linked to Reid

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Democratic senate candidate Bob Kerrey debates Republican Deb Fischer in Lincoln, Neb.

A super-political action committee working to return Nebraska Democrat Bob Kerrey to the Senate raised most of its money in the past three months from Omaha businessmen and a committee linked to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

The pro-Kerrey super-PAC, End the Gridlock, raised $1.02 million in the third quarter, it said in a filing to the Federal Election Commission last night. It received about half of that total, $467,000, from Majority PAC, a super-PAC with ties to Reid, the Nevada Democrat leading his party’s effort to keep control of the Senate.

Reid and Kerrey served in the Senate together from 1989 through 2000, when Kerrey retired and moved to New York. He’s seeking the seat now held by retiring Democrat Ben Nelson, and trails in polls in his contest with Republican state Sen. Deb Fischer in a state likely to back Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney over President Barack Obama by a double-digit margin.

End the Gridlock spent $1.08 million on independent expenditures in the third quarter, all on television and radio ads attacking Fischer. It raised $550,000 from individual donors including $250,000 from Wallace R. Weitz, the president and founder of Omaha-based Weitz Funds, and $100,000 each from Richard Herman, the president of Omaha-based Herman Trust, and Richard D. Holland, a retired businessman and philanthropist.

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