Raybould: Tax returns will explain how Sen. Fischer’s net worth increased from $300,000 in 2013 to more than $4 million in 2017 — despite making $174,000 a year

Raybould campaign also releases statewide TV ad highlighting how Fischer got rich serving as United States Senator

Over a week ago, during the U.S. Senate debate, Sen. Deb Fischer refused to answer questions about her skyrocketing net worth while serving in the U.S. Senate. Ten days after Fischer dodged questions at the U.S. Senate debate, Nebraskans still have more questions than answers on Fischer’s net worth skyrocketing from $300,000 to more than $4 million in 2017.

“Enough is enough. Nebraskans deserve answers on how Senator Fischer’s net worth has swelled from $300,000 to more than $4 million while in office despite making $174,000 a year,“ said U.S. Senate candidate Jane Raybould. “Senator Fischer hasn’t earned the benefit of the doubt after spending years taking huge checks from corporate special interests while voting in their favor even when it hurts Nebraskans. We deserve a clear answer from Fischer. If she has nothing to hide she’ll release her tax returns.”

Today, the Raybould for U.S. Senate campaign released a new television ad, “Common Sense,” highlighting how Sen. Deb Fischer’s personal wealth has gone through the roof while serving in the Senate — all while aligning herself with her party bosses and the corporate special interests who have bankrolled her campaigns to the tune of $1.5 million.

Sen. Fischer has had ample time to provide answers since dodging questions about her net worth on the debate stage. It’s concerning that Fischer cannot give a clear explanation as to how she’s become a multimillionaire when her record shows she’s spent her time in Washington turning her back on Nebraskans in favor chasing campaign cash and fattening her personal pocketbook.

Sen. Deb Fischer’s Votes Hurt Nebraskans

  • Fischer received $200,000 in donations from health insurance, health care corporations, lobbyists, and others associated with the healthcare industry — then she repaid them and voted for skyrocketing health care premiums for Nebraskans in every corner of the state.

  • She voted to give massive, permanent tax breaks to the huge corporate special interests who bankroll her campaign while, at the same time, slashing $500 billion from Medicare services for older Nebraskans.

  • Fisher even took the wrong side on the administration’s trade war that harms our farmers, ranchers, working families, and manufacturers. While Nebraskans are begging for an end to the trade war, Sen. Fischer voted against a bill that would have given Congress the ability to stop the trade crisis dead in its tracks.

Background on Sen. Fischer’s Votes

Fischer Voted For Motion To Proceed To AHCA In July 2017, Fischer voted for: “McConnell, R-Ky., motion to proceed to the bill that would make extensive changes to the 2010 health care overhaul law, by effectively repealing the individual and employer mandates as well as most of the taxes that finance the current system and by making extensive changes to Medicaid.” The motion was agreed to by a vote of 50-50, with Vice President Pence breaking the tie. [CQ, 7/25/17; HR 1628, Vote #167, 7/25/17]

  • Older Americans Slapped With ‘Age Tax’ In GOP Health-Care Bill: AARP. “Older Americans are being unfairly targeted in the Republicans’ health-care bill, AARP told CNBC on Monday. Under the new legislation, insurers would be allowed to charge older adults up to five times more than younger people. Under Obamacare, rates were capped at three times more.” [CNBC, 6/26/17]

Fischer Voted For Budget That Would Cut Medicare By Nearly $500 Billion. “The Senate plan would cut Medicaid, Medicare, the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) subsidies for health insurance, and related health programs by $1.8 trillion; the Trump and House plans would cut these programs by $1.9 trillion and $2.0 trillion, respectively.  The House and Trump plans explicitly endorse the ACA repeal legislation that the House passed in May, which CBO estimates would cause more than 20 million people to lose health coverage and raise premiums, weaken coverage, or both for millions of others. The House and Trump plans also propose additional Medicaid cuts on top of those in the House-passed repeal bill.” [H.Con.Res. 71, Vote #245, 10/19/17;  Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 10/17/17]

Fischer Voted Against An Amendment To FY18 Budget To Restore $473 Billion In Medicare Cuts. “Senator Nelson, D-FL, offered an amendment to the FY 2018 Budget to restore the $473 billion in Medicare cuts. The measure would be paid for by closing special interest tax loopholes. The amendment failed 47-51. A YES vote is a pro-retiree vote. H.Con.Res. 71, Roll Call No. 222, October 18, 2017.” [Alliance for Retired Americans, Nebraska Congressional Voting Record 115th Congress, 1st Session, accessed 8/26/18; S.Amdt. 1150 to S.Amdt. 1116 to H.Con.Res. 71, Vote 222, 10/18/17]

Fischer Voted Against Protecting Social Security From Benefit Cuts Or Privatization. In March 2015, Fischer voted against a: “Wyden, D-Ore., motion to waive the Budget Act with respect to the Enzi, R-Wyo., point of order against the Wyden amendment no. 471 for not being germane. The Wyden amendment would create a 60-vote point of order against any legislation that would reduce Social Security benefits, increase the retirement age for benefits or privatize Social Security.” The motion was rejected 51-48. [CQ, 3/24/15, S.Amdt. 471 to S.Con.Res. 11, Vote 84, 3/24/15]

Fischer Voted Against Plan That Would Have Given Congress Greater Oversight Over Deals Between Foreign And U.S. Firms That Could Affect National Security. “The Senate sided with the Trump administration Thursday to vote down a GOP plan that would have given Congress greater oversight over deals between foreign and U.S. firms that could affect national security. The legislation, pushed by Sen. Patrick J. Toomey (R-Pa.), failed to clear a procedural hurdle when the Senate blocked it with a 62-to-35 vote. Sixty ‘yes’ votes would have been required for the measure to advance. The vote was another instance of the Senate declining to assert authority over Trump administration decision-making on trade-related issues. […] Most Republican senators voted in favor of Toomey’s amendment, but 14 joined Democrats in voting “no”: Sens. John Boozman and Tom Cotton (Ark.), Richard Burr (N.C.), Deb Fischer (Neb.), Susan Collins (Maine), John Cornyn (Texas), Lindsey O. Graham (S.C.), John Hoeven (N.D.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), James E. Risch (Idaho), Pat Roberts (Kansas), Marco Rubio (Fla.), Steve Daines (Mont.) and Richard C. Shelby (Ala.).” [Washington Post, 6/14/18; Vote #123, S.Amdt. 2700 to S.Amdt. 2282 to H.R. 5515, 6/14/18]


RAYBOULD: “I help run our family’s grocery stores across Nebraska. If we don’t take care of our customers, our doors close. That’s not how Washington works.”

TEXT: Jane Raybould, Executive, SuperSaver and Russ’s Market

RAYBOULD: “And Senator Fischer is part of the problem.”  “Senator Fischer votes with her own party 98 percent of the time.”

RAYBOULD: “She’s taken millions of dollars from special interests.”

TEXT: Corporate PAC Contributions to Senator Fischer

RAYBOULD: “And her own net worth increased from $300,000 to over $4 million since getting elected.”

Text: Graphic of Sen. Fischer’s net worth over time

RAYBOULD: “I’m Jane Raybould and I approve this message because I’ll always put Nebraska first.”