SIDNEY, Neb. (AP) — Campaign records show the founder of an investment firm that bought a 6 percent stake in the outdoors outfitter Cabela’s donated $35,000 to Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts’ election campaign.
Elliott Management founder Paul Singer gave Ricketts’ campaign $10,000 in November 2013 and $25,000 in September 2014.
Ricketts told the World-Herald Tuesday it was “absolutely not” a conflict to advocate for Cabela’s. He says he hasn’t talked to Singer or Elliott Management.
Ricketts told the newspaper last month that he’d talked to Cabela’s CEO following Elliott’s announcement, which raised fears about a possible sale or shake-up at Cabela’s, which employs 2,000 people in Sidney.
Ricketts said he offered assistance in talking to Elliott to see whether Cabela’s needed anything from Nebraska to be more competitive.