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In the days leading up to Tuesday's primary election, more than $100,000 has been donated to candidates in a mayoral race that's already racked up more than $2 million in spending.
The single largest contribution was from Joe Stothert, the husband of mayoral candidate and City Councilwoman Jean Stothert.
While candidates occasionally lend their campaigns money to pay bills on time, Ryan Horn, a spokesman for the Stothert campaign, said that wasn't the purpose of the donation.
Stothert's husband genuinely wanted to help the campaign, Horn said. The University of Nebraska Medical Center surgeon even took two weeks off work to spend more time helping his wife's campaign.
For most of the mayoral campaign, donor reports have covered all donations of $250 or more made during set intervals. But in the days leading up to an election, the rules change.
For any donation after March 18, the threshold rises to $1,000. All donations over that amount must be reported within two days.
The second-largest contribution in the period came from philanthropist Dick Holland, who gave Brad Ashford's campaign $10,000.
Until now, Holland had given $40,000 exclusively to Mayor Jim Suttle's campaign.
Ashford said he was surprised but honored to get the donation.
Ralph Remmert, a spokesman for Suttle's campaign, said the donation to Ashford is probably more about a relationship between the two — they've worked together on a number of matters — than anything against the mayor.
“I feel good about the support he's given us, and I'm sure he'll continue to do so,” Remmert said.
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