NV Dems File Ethics Complaint Against Adam Laxalt for Abusing AG’s Office, Submit FOIA Request for Secret Recording

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Laxalt reportedly pressured the chairman of the Gaming Control Board to intercede in a lawsuit on behalf of Nevada’s wealthiest casino magnate

The Nevada State Democratic Party filed a complaint today with the Nevada Commission on Ethics requesting an investigation into reports that Attorney General Adam Laxalt used the powers of his office to try to help his largest campaign donor and failed to avoid his own conflicts of interest on the matter.

Laxalt recently sought to pressure the chairman of the Gaming Control Board to intercede in a lawsuit on behalf of Nevada’s wealthiest casino magnate, prompting the regulator to secretly record his conversation with Laxalt and turn over the tape to the FBI. The Gaming Control Board recently confirmed the existence of that recording last week, and the Nevada State Democratic Party’s complaint includes a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for its release in conjunction with the ethics complaint.

“Nevadans have a right to know if Adam Laxalt engaged in unethical behavior at the request of his largest campaign donor,” said Roberta Lange, Chair of the Nevada State Democratic Party. “Adam Laxalt clearly tried to use the powers of his office as Nevada’s chief law enforcement officer to act as a personal attorney for his favorite billionaire. One can only imagine the abuse of power Amoral Adam would engage in as Nevada’s Governor. We’re submitting public records requests for the recording of Attorney General Laxalt’s inappropriate conversation with Nevada’s chief gaming regulator, and we’re asking the Nevada Commission on Ethics to immediately investigate this matter for ethical violations. Voters deserve to know the full extent of Laxalt’s unscrupulous behavior.”

EMILY’s List Endorses Catherine Cortez Masto for Senate in Nevada

emilyslistWASHINGTON, D.C. – April 16, 2015

Today, EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, endorsed Catherine Cortez Masto for Senate in Nevada.

“Catherine Cortez Masto is an experienced leader who will be a champion for Nevada women and families in the U.S. Senate,” said EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock. “Catherine is a dedicated public servant with a record of working to make communities safer, prevent violence against women, and increase educational opportunities so that all Nevadans have a fair shot. She is poised to make history as the first Latina ever elected to the U.S. Senate and as the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate from Nevada. The EMILY’s List community of more than three million members is proud to endorse Catherine Cortez Masto’s campaign to keep Nevada moving forward and excited to help her make history.”

Born in Nevada, Catherine Cortez Masto has deep roots in the Silver State. Serving for eight years as her state’s attorney general, she worked to keep Nevada communities safe, strengthening state laws to prevent domestic violence and protecting middle-class families from fraudulent mortgage schemes and predatory lenders. Before she was elected to serve as Nevada’s chief law enforcement officer, Catherine served as the assistant county manager for Clark County and was a federal criminal prosecutor in the United States Attorney’s Office in Washington. She’s dedicated her career to fighting for women, middle-class families, and hardworking Nevadans looking for a fair shot.

When Catherine is elected, she’ll be the first woman Nevada has ever elected to the Senate—and the first Latina senator in U.S. history. With a strong belief in the power of women’s leadership, Catherine has said that women “bring a different and much-needed perspective to the table. Nevada could benefit from more women in leadership roles and so could our country.”


EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $400 million to support pro-choice Democratic women candidates – making it one of the most successful political organizations ever. We recruit and train candidates, support strong campaigns, research women’s issues, and turn out women voters. We’ve trained over 9,000 women to run and helped elect over 100 women to the House, 19 to the Senate, 11 governors, and over 700 to state and local office. Since its founding in 1985, almost one-third of the candidates EMILY’s List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color – including every single Latina, African American, and Asian American Democratic Congresswoman currently serving.

Catherine Cortez Masto Announces Run for Senate

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CatherineCortezMastoMy name is Catherine Cortez Masto. I’ve spent my life and career fighting to protect the families of Nevada. And today, I’m proud to announce that I am running to become the next U.S. Senator from Nevada.

As Attorney General, I stood up to special interests and fought for consumers in Nevada. I worked with local law enforcement to crack down on meth labs to help combat our state’s growing drug problem, protected domestic abuse victims and children preyed upon by sex traffickers and looked out for seniors who have been cheated by scam artists.

As a native Nevadan, former prosecutor and Attorney General I care about the people of our state and that’s who I’ll be standing up for in the Senate. I was proud to be the first Latina elected to serve as Attorney General. To be the first Latina elected to the United States Senate would be an honor, and an incredible opportunity for me to fight for all Nevadans.

I’m running for the Senate to continue my work standing up for Nevada seniors, consumers, homeowners, women and children. But these days, campaigns aren’t as simple as which side has better ideas. Outside groups and special interests will try to tear me down. Outside money and attacks will flow into the state. It’s not a battle I can fight on my own.

We need to show the special interests that we mean business not just with words, but with action. Sign here to stand with me today.