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If you live in Nevada and received a campaign mailer from “Nevada Jobs Coalition PAC “attacking candidates with bizarre accusations, you will want to ignore them. A close look at where they are originating is eye opening and reeks of establishment coordination.
As in other states, Nevada requires disclosure of campaign contributions for candidates and formed political PACs. The Secretary of State is to monitor the flow of political dollars and ensure contributions follow the established guidelines. In a primary election, for state candidates, the maximum contribution per donor is $5000. Another $5000 is allowed in the general election.
Political Action Committee (PAC) are organizations that pool campaign contributions from its members to support or oppose candidates, ballot initiatives, or legislation. In Nevada, these groups are limited to donating $5000 in the primary and $5000 in the general to any one candidate.
The rule of “no coordination” in Nevada doesn’t appear to be enforced by the Secretary of State, Barbara Cegavske.
A bare bones minimal search of a handful of PAC’s, including Nevada Jobs Coalition PAC, indicates there is absolutely no oversight by the SOS office. Why force candidates and PAC’s to report if no one bothers to provide control to ensure the guidelines are being followed?
Several PAC’s who list Chrissie Hastie as the PAC operator, and with the same address, appear to be coordinating with other PAC’s run by the same Chrissie Hastie.
For instance, “Nevada Jobs Coalition PAC” list Chrissie Hastie as the treasure with an address of P.O. Box 75127, Las Vegas, NV 89136. The PAC reported raising nearly $200,000 on May 24th, 2016.
Chrissie Hastie is also the operator of “Committee For A Better Nevada PAC” using address P.O. Box 75127, Las Vegas, NV 89136 that reported raising $55,000, “Keep Nevada Working PAC”, P.O. Box 75127, Las Vegas, NV 89136, reported $20,000 in 2011, Nevada Can Do Better PAC” P.O. Box 75127, Las Vegas, NV 89136 reported $25,000 in 2016 as well as “Nevada Jobs Coalition PAC” P.O. Box 75127, Las Vegas, NV 89136 who reported raising $182,400.00 in May 2016. All our of the same address.
Can one person run more than one PAC? Yes, but they are barred from coordination. However, when you search through the reporting of donors, you will find the same names and PAC’s showing up consistently. The contributors all seem to favor the same group of candidates.
With the GOP in a battle for leadership and direction, coordination seems to be in play with the “Establishment” candidates. Nevada Jobs Coalition PAC appears to be coordinating with high ranking political figures and is currently mailing campaign attack flyers. Coordination, starting with Governor Brian Sandoval, and his support of particular candidates, those who voted for his massive tax hike in 2015, is undeniable. The Governor was conducting robo calls for his select group of candidates in May just before polls opened.
Also, persons known to work for the Governor seem to play a significant role in diverting and moving money around in the PAC’s that are currently doing campaign mailings for the establishment candidates.
Recently, a positive mailer, with the same picture on the front but individual candidate information on the back was sent out by Nevada Jobs Coalition PAC for several establishment candidates. The choice of candidates the PAC supports is, in fact, the same candidates backed by the Governor. The candidates include Erv Nelson, Glen Trowbridge, Derek Armstrong, Paul Anderson, Artemus Ham, Tiffany Jones, David Gardner and others. The incumbents all voted for the Governor’s Commerce Tax in the 2015 legislature.
The coordination becomes more apparent when searching the reported contributions, for instance, a Company Named November, Inc. is run by Mike Slanker, who works in close collaboration with Governor Sandoval, and Jeremy Hughes, who worked on Sandoval’s re-election campaign, Lt. Governor Mark Hutchison campaign and Senator Dean Heller’s Senate campaign. November, Inc. uses the address of P.O. Box 371553 Las Vegas, NV 89137.
Also, another company, October, Inc. list Lindsey Slanker, Kate Szafran, and Tim Perez as company employees. October Inc. uses an address of P.O. Box 370672, Las Vegas Nevada 89137. Kate Szafran also runs the “New Nevada PAC” using address PO Box 370672 Las Vegas, NV 89137 that reported raising $427,500 using the same address as October, Inc., she also is listed as the operator of “Sandoval Inaugural Committee PAC that reported raising $864,100 using the same address of P.O. Box 370672, Las Vegas, NV, 89137. Szafran also runs two more PACs.
October Inc., November Inc., Nevada Jobs Coalition PAC, New Nevada PAC, Senate Leadership Caucus PAC together contribute back and forth, support the same candidates, using the same address.
New in the Picture is Majority Leader, Paul Anderson’s Growth and Opportunity PAC. Anderson and his PAC contributes to the same group candidates. Candidates that all supported and voted for the Governor’s Commerce Tax.
Why make any candidate or PAC report financial information when such blatant coordination is turned a blind eye to by the SOS office?
Big corporations and wealthy donors often contribute to PAC’s when they support a candidate so that the PAC may help their efforts. The problem in Nevada seems to be coordination. Coordinating is against the law and carries a penalty.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal wrote about the coordination in 2014, yet SOS, Barbara Cegavske, has ignored reports.
In a Las Vegas Article:(The best political attack? One your opponent can’t answer) Posted September 22, 2014
“Will it resonate now that it’s being touted by the “Nevada Jobs Coalition”? That’s a PAC whose resident agent is Chrissie Hastie, and which shares its address with three other, similar PACs. According to the Las Vegas Sun, the coalition is run out of the offices of November Inc., the political consulting firm run by Sandoval adviser Mike Slanker”
Similarly, NEWSMAXTV Las Vegas has filed a complaint with the Secretary of State concerning Assemblyman Paul Anderson for paying himself and two credit card debts totaling over 45K from his campaign funds.
SOS, Cegavske, to this point, seems to be ignoring the most obvious coordination from high ranking political figures in Nevada.
Nevada Jobs Coalition PAC is under fire for negative campaign mailers using dirty tactics and appears to be breaking campaign finance laws of coordination.
By DiMarkco Chandler
Sources Nevada Secretary of State Website
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