U.S. House incumbents' war chests far from empty - Omaha.com
Published Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 1:00 am / Updated at 12:32 am
U.S. House incumbents' war chests far from empty

Republican Rep. Lee Terry entered 2014 with his largest campaign bank account ever, loading up for a re-election bid that still lacks a Democratic opponent.

Terry also has a huge financial advantage over his GOP primary challenger, Dan Frei, vice president of an information technology group.

Terry began the year with $818,000, compared with Frei's $6,000.

Nebraska's two other congressmen, Republicans Jeff Fortenberry and Adrian Smith, also have stockpiled a lot of money.

Candidates filed their year-end 2013 reports Friday, covering contributions and spending from October through December.

In that period, Fortenberry raised $92,000, spent $36,000, and had a little more than $1 million cash. Smith raised $84,000, spent $44,000 and ended the year with $850,000.

Smith's primary challenger in the 3rd District, Tom Brewer, announced his candidacy in January and did not have to file a report.

Terry raised $340,000 and spent $81,289. Frei raised nearly $13,000 — $10,000 from himself — and spent a little more than $6,000.

This race once looked like a difficult election for Terry.

Last year, City Council President Pete Festersen, a Democrat, started what appeared to be a formidable campaign against Omaha's longtime congressman, who made national news during the partial government shutdown when he said that he would not forgo his paycheck because he has a “nice house” and a child in college.

But Festersen dropped out of the race.

Contact the writer: Roseann Moring

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Roseann covers Bellevue and Sarpy County crime.

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