Follow the Money: Recall Election

The campaigns are required to file their financial reports with the state Accountability and Disclosure Commission on Tuesday, January 18.

The Mayor Suttle Recall Committee -- the one which organized and collected all the signatures to boot the mayor -- hasn't raised a dime since December 21 according to its treasurer.

That's because its donors have moved to the recently formed committee called "Citizens for Omaha's Future" -- organized for Dave Nabity, who is considering a run for mayor, and retired businessman Mike Simmonds.

The group is not saying how much was raised for the month -- but according to the state -- no one gave more than $1,000 at a time.

That can't be said for the anti-recall group Forward Omaha and Jim Suttle for Mayor. The organizations aren't telling us their totals early -- but they have to report to the state any checks of $1,000 or more.

Big donations alone account for $96,000 to those in favor of keeping Mayor Suttle in office. Philanthropist Dick Holland donated $50,000.

Surrounded by small protests and controversy over busing homeless men and women with the appearance of buying votes -- money still came in last week.

In the two days after the busing issue that resulted in a shake-up of Forward Omaha, big donors wrote checks for more than $22,000 for Mayor Suttle and his campaign arm.

"I think more people will vote in this election that those who voted in the 2009 mayoral election," says Forward Omaha spokesperson Noelle Obermeyer, who declined to answer any questions related to the homeless busing scandal -- saying, 'It's last week's news.'

For viewers, the topic isn't going anywhere judging by WOWT's Facebook page and our 4pm news live chat.

David Treat writes: "With the whole busing the homeless and offering them jobs, i think the mayor lost the election himself."

Phil Boucher writes: " Forward Omaha seems to really be doing everything it can to get the mayor recalled."

"We have so much going for us that we will be the city of the 21st century," said Mayor Suttle during an interview on the Fox Business Network who touted the very decisions that angered some -- for helping turn around Omaha's finances -- and making it "Forbes" most affordable city.

Suttle: "The tough decisions I've made, if you could ask that question, 'Is anyone doing it the right way? You'll say -- yes --Omaha, Nebraska."

Announcer: "Certainly the folks will have something to say in a few days."


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