The so-called "Cornhusker kickback" of state Medicaid funds for Nebraska may not have made it into the final health care law signed by President Obama, but the Democratic National Committee helped out Sen. Ben Nelson for his "yes" vote nonetheless.


The Hotline's Reid Wilson catches some spending in a Federal Election Commission report showing that the DNC transferred $978,000 to the Nebraska Democratic Party in two payments after the Senate's health care vote. The money covered a pair of TV ads in which Nelson appeared.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee is already calling this the "Cornhusker Kickback 2.0."

Given the way health care polled in Nebraska, Nelson needed the help. Four days after the Senate's Christmas Eve vote, CBS released a poll showing that 64% of respondents opposed the bill, while 61% said they'd vote for Republican Gov. Dave Heineman if he ran against Nelson in 2012.

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