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Scott Kleeb on Government Reform

Democratic Challenger


Johanns wastefully spent $20M studying crawdads in Australia

Kleeb blamed the nation's budget deficit and economic woes on the Bush administration, which once included Johanns. One example, Kleeb said, of wasteful spending under Johanns was $20 million spent on travel by USDA employees. That expense included a trip to Australia to study crawdads.

Johanns said if Kleeb were serious about changing the leadership, he should campaign against Washington veterans like U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa. "I doubt he'll do that," Johanns said.

Source: 2008 Nebraska Senate debate reported in Omaha World-Herald Sep 16, 2008

More disclosure and transparency in appropriations

We must require more disclosure and transparency in Congressional appropriations to limit pork barrel spending. We must ensure that government spending is more accountable, more efficient, and disbursed only after an open and competitive bidding process. And finally, we must give the Treasury Department the ability to investigate and close tax shelters and offshore tax havens so as to help close the $350 billion tax gap between taxes owed and taxes paid.
Source: Campaign website, www.ScottKleeb.com May 14, 2008

Earmarks have been abused

Kleeb on Earmarks: Supports earmarks but says they have been abused by both Republicans and Democrats. Bring more transparency to the process, including a requirement that senators should put their names on all earmark requests. Says there should be all earmarks should be voted on.
Source: By Robynn Tysver, Omaha World-Herald May 4, 2008

Shine light on lobbyists' ties to candidates via Internet

Source: Kleeb's Declaration of Independence from Special Interests Oct 3, 2006

Other candidates on Government Reform: Scott Kleeb on other issues:
NE Gubernatorial:
Dave Heineman
NE Senatorial:
Ben Nelson
Chuck Hagel
Steven Larrick
Tony Raimondo


2008 Senate retirements:

Wayne Allard(R,CO)
Larry Craig(R,ID)
Pete Domenici(R,NM)
Chuck Hagel(R,NE)
Trent Lott(R,MS)
Craig Thomas(R,WY)
John Warner(R,VA)

Incoming Obama Administration:

Pres.Barack Obama
V.P.Joe Biden
State:Hillary Clinton
HHS:Tom Daschle
Staff:Rahm Emanuel
DHS:Janet Napolitano
DOC:Bill Richardson
DoD:Robert Gates
A.G.:Eric Holder
Treas.:Tim Geithner
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AK:*Begich over Stevens
AL:Sessions
AR:Pryor
CO:*Udall
DE:Biden and Kaufman
GA:Chambliss v.Martin (Dec. 2 runoff)
IA:Harkin
ID:*Risch
IL:Durbin
KS:Roberts
KY:McConnell
LA:Landrieu
MA:Kerry
ME:Collins
MI:Levin
MN:Coleman v.Franken (recounting as of Dec.1)
MS4:Wicker
MS6:Cochran
MT:Baucus
NC:*Hagan over Dole
NE:*Johanns
NH:*Shaheen over Sununu
NJ:Lautenberg
NM:*Udall
OK:Inhofe
OR:*Merkley over Smith
RI:Reed
SC:Graham
SD:Johnson
TN:Alexander
TX:Cornyn
VA:*Warner
WV:Rockefeller
WY4:Barrasso
WY6:Enzi
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