Nebraskans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (NADP) said that the latest finance report, filed with the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission on behalf of those who are seeking a return of the death penalty, shows that Nebraskans have other priorities.
In the latest filing, Nebraskans for the Death Penalty spent $903, 000 to put reinstatement of the death penalty on the ballot in November 2016.
“Frankly, I’m stunned that they would spend so extravagantly just to collect signatures. Nebraskans are more concerned with a fair tax rate, fixing roads, and affordable healthcare than they are with the effort to bring back the death penalty,” said Rev. Stephen Griffith, Executive Director of NADP.
“The governor could not convince the Legislature to keep a failed system, so he used his own money to pay for the referendum,” said Matt Maly, state coordinator of Nebraska Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty. “Our compassionate, grassroots campaign will take the same information to the voters that we shared with State Senators; showing the death penalty’s many failures and how it violates basic conservative principles.”
During the next 14 months, NADP will continue doing what it has done for three decades: having conversations with Nebraskans about why capital punishment has failed our state.