LINCOLN, Neb. (KMTV) — Though now outside of politics, Republican Jon Bruning sent his money across party lines in May, 3 News Now discovered.
Bruning, who served as Nebraska's attorney general for 12 years until 2015, donated the individual maximum to Steve Bullock's campaign for president: $2,800.
Bullock, the governor of Montana, officially announced his presidential run on May 14. Eight days earlier, Bruning submitted his donation.
Bruning told 3 News Now his reasoning is simple.
"It's not every day you have a friend run for president," he said.
Bruning and Bullock served together as attorneys general in Nebraska and Montana. Bullock was attorney general from 2009 to 2013.
Bruning, the head of Bruning Law Group, said he plans to vote for President Donald Trump in 2020.
Bullock is polling at an average of 0.5 percent as of Friday, according to Real Clear Politics.
Bruning ran for governor of Nebraska, but lost to Gov. Pete Ricketts in the 2014 Republican primary by a point. He also ran for U.S. Senate in 2012, but finished behind Sen. Deb Fischer in the primary.
Records including most individual donations from Nebraskans to Democratic candidates were provided to 3 News Now by the Center for Public Integrity.