LINCOLN — Conservative State Sen. Bill Kintner of Papillion accepted campaign contributions from a felon who ran a string of sex shops.
The senator's campaign finance reports show that he received $1,349 in donations from John Haltom of Ashland.
The donations were made during the 2012 general election campaign. Kintner defeated the incumbent, Paul Lambert of Plattsmouth.
Haltom, 46, has served repeated jail sentences. His most serious conviction was for selling an adult video to a 17-year-old in Salt Lake City in a 2000 police sting.
At the time, he operated adult novelty shops in Nebraska and other states under the name Doctor John's.
Douglas County records show that he still owns the Doctor John's property in Omaha, but the person who answered the telephone there said Haltom was no longer involved in the business.
Kintner said he met Haltom while knocking on doors in his legislative district last year. He said he did not know of Haltom's background.
“He is a constituent who was enthused about my message of limited government and lower taxes,” Kintner said. “He wanted to help my campaign, and he did so by contributing yard signs.”
The senator said accepting the donations doesn't represent any endorsement of Haltom's business or background.
“When donors contribute to my campaign, they are buying into my message and agenda. I am not buying into theirs,” he said.
Haltom could not be reached for comment. In 2009, when he tried to run for the Lincoln City Council, he described himself as a “Reagan Republican.” Felons can't hold public office in Nebraska.
A state official said no state law bars felons from making campaign donations.