Clearly at the behest of the Republican establishment elite, the Clark County Republican Party has filed a complaint with the Nevada Secretary of State’s office – incredibly citing “journalist” Jon Ralston as a credible source (HA!) – alleging that GOP activist Tony Dane was “accepting illegal conduit contributions” and using the funds to hammer Republican assemblymen who have been mealy-mouthed and fork-tongued on their support for Gov. Brian “America’s Worst Governor” Sandoval’s (R&R-Advertising) billion dollar tax hike and, as such, have attracted recall efforts by Republican constituents of the legislators.
I’ll leave the merits and disposition of the complaint up to the Secretary of State, but according to the aforementioned Ralston, the CCRP – led by GOP establishment hand-maiden Chairman Dave “For Himself” McKeon – issued a statement about the complaint as follows…
“Recall efforts against legislators that have yet to cast a vote is unwarranted. These legislators were duly elected to serve their constituents, some even having worked through primary elections, and they need to focus on performing that job and fighting for conservative causes, rather than defending themselves from attacks. They deserve a chance to debate and vote on matters before the legislature before they can be fairly judged for their actions.”
It’s a shame McKeon & Company have bought into the anti-conservative propaganda being spewed by Ralston, Nevada’s #2 liberal blogger-without-a-TV-show.
That said, my understanding of the situation is this…
Dane contributed $250,000 of his own money to a political action committee (PAC), which in turn is sending out mailers and robo-calls hammering Speaker-of-the-Weak John Hambrick and Assemblyman Chris “Let’s Make a Deal” Edwards for being soft supporters of Sandoval’s billion dollar tax hike.
Dane has contributed his own money – which he’s paid taxes on – to a PAC, and has disclosed it fully. The PAC, in turn, has registered properly with the Nevada Secretary of State, has filed all the required reports, and included a disclaimer on the mailers and the robo-calls that it was responsible for their content.
Full transparency. But that’s not good enough. Indeed, Ralston & McKeon want Dane to disclose all of his private consulting clients!
This is nothing more than a witch-hunt fishing expedition. If the public wants to know who is funding the mailers and robo-calls, it’s Tony Dane. Everybody knows it. And that’s all the public needs to know.
What Ralston and McKeon want, if taken to its logical conclusion, is for, say, Sheldon Adelson to list each and every customer who has spent money in his Venetian and Palazzo Resorts on a campaign finance report itemizing where he got the money to donate to political causes.
It’s an absurd notion. Which explains why Ralston and McKeon are joined at the hip on it.