Appointee to Nebraska Legislature withdraws name

Dec 6, 2013

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A new appointee to the Nebraska Legislature has backed out, following news that he owes the state $16,000 for campaign-disclosure violations.

The announcement on Friday came less than five hours after Gov. Dave Heineman said he was appointing Patrick M. Shannon to fill the opening created by former state Sen. Scott Price. Price resigned last month.

Shannon, of Bellevue, ran for the Legislature in 2004. He was fined for failing to report expenditures and contributions related to an anonymous mailing that accused his opponent of domestic abuse.

The Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission attempted to collect on the debt two years ago, but determined that Shannon had no assets that could be seized. Daley says the commission could have garnished Shannon's wages, or had law enforcement seize his assets.

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