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Tarkanian Campaign Says FEC Complaint Filed By Democrats An Attempt To Distract Voters

By Sean Whaley | 7:32 am June 28th, 2012

CARSON CITY – The Danny Tarkanian for Congress campaign says a complaint filed with the Federal Elections Commission by the Nevada State Democratic Party is inaccurate and an effort to distract voters from their own failures.

“At a time when Nevadans are suffering under the weight of 11.6 percent unemployment and the nation as a whole awaits any sign of improvement in our struggling economy, Nevada Democrats and their liberal candidate, Steven Horsford, are trying to distract voters from their own failures on the economy and jobs by lobbing patently false attacks against the surging Republican candidate for Nevada’s Congressional District 4, Danny Tarkanian,” a statement from the campaign said.

Danny Tarkanian, candidate for Congress.

“For example, on the eve of the historic Supreme Court decision on Obamacare, Steven Horsford and Nevada Democrats are not trying to defend the merits of this overreaching and failed government program,” the statement said.

The campaign said one of the claims by the Democratic Party in the complaint, that he accepted an illegal $2,500 contribution above the legal limit from DeWayne Zinkin, is in error.

“In fact, had the Democrats paid attention to the details here, they would have seen that the contribution in question was in fact two separate donations from a father and his son,” the statement said. “It is this level of inattention from Washington Democrats that has led our economy to spiral out of control and jobs in Nevada to become harder to find – it is no wonder Steven Horsford is trying to shift attention from those facts.

“This repetitive and inaccurate line of attack is not only a symptom of Steven Horsford’s desperation and lack of faith in his own ideas, but a perfect example of why Nevada voters need, want, and prefer Danny Tarkanian to be their next Congressman,” the statement said.

Tarkanian won the June 12 Republican primary and now faces state Sen. Steven Horsford, D-Las Vegas, in the November general election in the new congressional district created as the result of the U.S. Census.

The Democratic Party filed its complaint on Wednesday.

Tarkanian Campaign Responds To FEC Complaint Filed By Democrats, Says Any Errors Will Be Remedied

By Nevada News Bureau Staff | 9:42 am May 5th, 2012

CARSON CITY – The campaign of 4th Congressional District candidate Danny Tarkanian has responded to a complaint filed with the Federal Elections Commission by the Nevada state Democratic Party, saying any errors will be “remedied immediately.”

The campaign issued a statement that said: “Although the campaign has yet to receive an official copy of the complaint from the FEC, we have seen copies provided by the press and are in the process of reviewing the facts in order to respond in a timely and accurate manner.

“After we complete our review of the complaint and the facts, any errors in the reports will be remedied immediately, and any other issues will be fully rectified,” the statement issued late Friday continued. “We take the reporting requirements and campaign finance rules seriously, but we recognize that the Democratic Party of Nevada would rather focus energy and attention on process complaints instead of addressing the fact that their leadership in Washington and here in Nevada has failed to reduce our national debt or help put Americans back to work.”

The comments came after the Democratic Party filed the complaint alleging numerous irregularities in the first quarter FEC report of Danny Tarkanian for Congress.

The alleged irregularities include Tarkanian’s failure to disclose hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign debt leftover from his failed 2010 Senate campaign.

Tarkanian, a Republican, is running for the new congressional seat created in the 2011 redistricting process. He ran in a crowded GOP primary in 2010 for the U.S. Senate seat held by Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. Sharron Angle won the GOP primary but lost to Reid.

The Las Vegas Sun reported last month that Tarkanian failed to include the debt from his Senate bid in his FEC filing for his congressional bid. Tarkanian said he had recently changed accountants and would amend the report to reflect the fact his campaign owes him more than $260,000.

Nevada Democrats File Complaint Over FEC Report From GOP CD4 Candidate Danny Tarkanian

By Sean Whaley | 3:01 pm May 2nd, 2012

CARSON CITY – Today, the Nevada State Democratic Party filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission regarding what it says are numerous irregularities in the first quarter FEC report of Danny Tarkanian for Congress.

The alleged irregularities include Tarkanian’s failure to disclose hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign debt leftover from his failed 2010 Senate campaign.

The Tarkanian campaign responded Friday to the complaint.

Tarkanian, a Republican, is running for the new 4th Congressional District seat created in the 2011 redistricting process. He ran in a crowded GOP primary in 2010 for the U.S. Senate seat held by Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. Sharron Angle won the GOP primary but lost to Reid.

The Las Vegas Sun reported last month that Tarkanian failed to include the debt from his Senate bid in his FEC filing for his congressional bid. Tarkanian said he had recently changed accountants and would amend the report to reflect the fact his campaign owes him more than $260,000.

CD4 candidate Danny Tarkanian.

“Danny Tarkanian is basing his candidacy on his supposed background as a successful businessman, but he can’t even fill out simple paperwork correctly,” said Nevada State Democratic Party Chair Roberta Lange. “While Danny Tarkanian may be trying to play fast and loose with his campaign’s finances, we will hold him accountable to the voters, which is why we filed this complaint.”

Among the irregularities alleged in Tarkanian’s report:

- It appears that Danny Tarkanian for Congress has accepted at least one corporate contribution, in addition to contributions from three other entities that appear to be businesses on the face of the FEC report, but no further information is provided.

- Tarkanian for Congress reported 14 contributions from LLCs without any partnership attributions, so it’s impossible to tell if any of the partners exceeded contribution limits. In fact, he may have already accepted an excessive contribution from the partner of Zinkin Entertainment LLC.

- Tarkanian also failed to disclose on his FEC report hundreds of thousands in personal debt lent to his failed 2010 U.S. Senate bid that should have carried over to his congressional bid. In fact, if it hadn’t been disclosed by a local newspaper, voters may have never known of his outstanding debt to himself.

The Tarkanian campaign responded Friday to the complaint.

 

Harry Reid Pushes New Super PAC

By Elizabeth Crum | 6:00 pm June 22nd, 2011

A fund raising solicitation from Sen. Harry Reid to supporters this week touted a new political action committee called Majority PAC. Reid said in the missive that there “can be no greater priority than protecting the Democratic majority in the Senate.”

The effort was first reported by Open Secrets blog.

Majority PAC is a “super PAC” which means it can raise unlimited contributions from individuals, corporations and unions. Super PACs exist due in part to last year’s U.S. Supreme Court Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling.
Super PACs cannot donate to candidates. Instead, the money they raise is used to produce and place political ads for or against politicians. Like independent expenditure committees, super PACs cannot coordinate with campaigns.

 

However, as Open Secrets points out, super PACs often have close ties with the politicians they are working to elect.

Majority PAC’s leadership includes longtime Reid strategist Rebecca Lambe and Reid’s former chief of staff, Susan McCue.

Reid’s direct appeal to supporters for Majority PAC re-raises questions about how lawmakers can or cannot raise money for outside groups without violating federal election laws.

Advocates for campaign finance regulation generally oppose super PACs and want the FEC to enforce the legal prohibition on the practice of soliciting unlimited contributions from either individuals, groups or corporations. 

Reid’s fund-raising email for Majority PAC says Reid is “only asking for a donation of up to $5,000 from individuals and federal PACs. He is not asking for funds from corporations, labor unions or other federally prohibited sources.”

In other words, Reid is asking only for contributions from individuals within the federal limits. In so doing, he is setting a safe example for other elected officials.

During the last election cycle, conservative groups spent roughly twice as much as their counterparts on the left ($190 million to $94 million) on political messaging including independent expenditures and electioneering communications, according to an analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics.

FEC Dismisses CREW Complaint Against Ensign

By Elizabeth Crum | 4:16 pm November 19th, 2010

Three days after Senator John Ensign announced that he plans to run for re-election in 2012 despite ongoing ethics investigations into his conduct, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) has dismissed a watchdog group’s complaint against Ensign re: a $96,000 payment his parents made to the family of his former mistress, Cynthia Hampton.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics (CREW) had contended in its compliant that the transfer of money amounted to an illegal political donation. The group is not happy that the FEC (according to the statement on the CREW website) “ignored evidence that the Hamptons themselves considered the payment to be severance, including Mr. Hampton’s contemporaneous notes from conversations he had in which he had referred to the payments as severance.”

The FEC based its decision on the fact that Sen. Ensign’s parents submitted affidavits stating they had intended the money as a gift, not as a severance payment.

Despite escaping sanction by the FEC, Ensign still needs to survive the investigations by the Senate ethics committee and Justice Department and overcome a shortage of campaign cash if he hopes to hold onto this seat for a third term.

IF Ensign runs — it is possible an indictment may yet force a resignation or change of heart — he will almost certainly find himself challenged in the GOP primary, possibly (among others) by Rep. Dean Heller who has not ruled out the option. Sharron Angle might also take a stab at it, having recently said she “can’t stop” believin’ running for office.

(Sidebar: If Angle does challenge Ensign, will he agree to play himself when it comes time for candidate debate preparation? I ask because earlier this week Jon Ralston found out that Ensign played the part of Harry Reid in order to help Angle prepare for her debate with the majority leader.)

(Sidebar 2: Steve Sebelius wondered whether Ensign’s active help for Angle effectively ended the long-standing non-aggression pact between Ensign and Reid. Good question.)

Ensign has repeatedly insisted that he broke no law or Senate rules, a contention in question ever since the New York Times obtained emails showing that Ensign appeared to help get Doug Hampton a job as a lobbyist after his affair with Cindy Hampton was discovered.

Ensign’s most recent federal campaign report showed he had spent over half million dollars on his legal defense and had about $280,000 cash on hand.

Tarkanian Reports $86K Cash On Hand

By Elizabeth Crum | 2:45 pm May 27th, 2010

From Team Tark just now:

“We are fully confident that we are going to win this race.”

Right.  Because the only poll that matters is the one on __________ .

Key data:

  • TOTAL RAISED TO DATE: $1,491,323
  • TOTAL RECEIPTS FOR PERIOD: $374,670
  • CANDIDATE LOANS: $185,081.88
  • COH: $86,564.94

Lowden Raises $550K, Personally Puts In $488K in Pre-Primary Reporting Period

By Elizabeth Crum | 7:21 pm May 26th, 2010

From Team Lowden re: their April 1 thru May 19 FEC Pre-primary report (and supporting information):

Total Receipts for the pre-primary reporting period (April 1 – May 19):   $1,038,662.16

Total (personal) Contributions for the pre-primary reporting period (April 1 – May 19):   $488,662.16

Total Disbursements for the pre-primary reporting period (April 1 – May 19):   $1,098,231.63

Cash on Hand:   $209,325.03 (as of 5/19/2010)

And:

Total Receipts for the entire campaign cycle:   $3,210,873.62

65% of the campaigns receipts to date have been contributed by Nevadans.

Plus a little dig at Angle (who we can assume is “some opponents”):

The amount of each contribution ranges from $.10 to $4,800, and the occupations of these contributors include Janitor and Housekeeper…work that some opponents have condescendingly said “Americans don’t do.”

Under Fire, Team Lowden Points Out Harry Reid’s Past FEC Violations

By Elizabeth Crum | 9:29 am May 20th, 2010

Three days after #busgate broke, this fiery missive from Team Lowden:

Harry’s History with the FEC

Harry Reid has had Several FEC Complaints Filed Against Him Throughout His Career – and on At Least Two of Them He was Found in Violation by the FEC.

GOP Frontrunner Sue Lowden: Harry Reid deploys dirty tricks for a media stunt against me, but he is the candidate who has a history of abusing campaign finance laws.

(Las Vegas, NV) — Today, Nevada businesswoman and U.S. Senate candidate Sue Lowden responded to Harry Reid’s history of FEC investigations and violations. According to the LVRJ, in late 2009 an architecture firm went under investigation by the FEC for irregular campaign contributions to Harry Reid. Throughout Harry Reid’s three decades in Washington, he has racked up numerous FEC complaints, two of which he was found in violation and penalized accordingly.

“Harry Reid’s campaign reeks of desperation,” stated Sue Lowden. “Poll after poll shows me beating him by double digits in November, and for that reason he is searching high and low for ways to discredit my candidacy by having his campaign cronies try to influence a Republican primary. Republican voters are not going to allow Harry Reid, the SEIU and the Nevada Democrat Party select our nominee.

“This FEC allegation is just the latest scheme in Harry Reid’s bag of smears. The best part is that throughout his decades long career, Harry has been accused of numerous campaign finance violations. A new investigation was initiated just a few months ago for irregular contributions to Harry Reid’s campaign.

“Anyone can file an FEC complaint against a candidate. That is why Harry Reid’s liberal allies were able to file this absurd and unfounded complaint against me. However, being found in violation is a completely different story. Harry Reid has been penalized for at least two FEC violations in his career. Harry Reid deploys dirty tricks for a media stunt against me, but he is the candidate who has a history of abusing campaign finance laws,” Lowden concluded.

NOTE:

In November 2009, a local architecture firm went under investigation by the FEC for irregular contributions to Senator Harry Reid. Read the full article [here].

In 2000, the FEC found reason to believe violation occurred, and entered into a conciliation agreement for $12,500 fine against Friends for Harry Reid. Read the full report [here].

In 1999, the FEC found reason to believe a violation occurred, and entered into a conciliation agreement for $3,000 fine against Friends for Harry Reid. Read the report [here].

State Dems Put Out Ad on Lowden Bus Situation

By Elizabeth Crum | 8:48 pm May 19th, 2010

The state Dems today put together an ad about the controversy with Sue Lowden’s bus. I have a supporting role, along with other Nevada journalists talking about the story (I feel so used).

If you haven’t heard about this, here’s the original Sun story based on an accusation from Team Tarkanian and the follow up stories from the LVRJ and the AP.

The most current version of the story is that the bus is being leased, and that Lowden’s name was only put on the title for insurance purposes.

Unfortunately for Lowden, she had previously said the bus was donated, and to complicate things it seems Team Lowden made some oversights in the reporting of the bus to the FEC.

Tarkanian, Montandon Campaigns Named in Nevada State Democratic Party FEC Complaint

By Elizabeth Crum | 2:40 pm April 10th, 2010

From the state Dems on Thursday:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 8, 2010

Tarkanian, Montandon campaigns named in FEC complaint for illegal “soft money” ad

Las Vegas, NV. – The Nevada State Democratic Party has filed a complaint the with Federal Election Commission alleging that the Tarkanian for Senate campaign coordinated the use of “soft” money to illegally attack Sen. Harry Reid, a federal candidate. Congress has passed strict laws against the use of “soft” money in federal elections.

Soft money is money raised for state or local races, can be raised in much higher increments then federal money and can be raised from corporations and unions. Raising of soft money is regulated by state laws and not federal laws, which are much stricter.

The complaint alleges that Mike Montandon for Governor used soft money to pay for an illegal ad attacking Sen. Harry Reid to the benefit of and in coordination with the Tarkanian for Senate campaign. The complaint specifically names consultant Steve Wark in his current capacity as a simultaneous advisor to both campaigns.

On March 18, 2010, Montandon for Governor ran an internet ad featuring pictures of Rory Reid and Sen. Harry Reid.

The ad was illegal because the Tarkanian campaign, through its common consultant, used soft money to attack a federal candidate, Sen. Reid.

“With this illegal ad, the Montandon and Tarkanian campaigns and their mutual advisor have demonstrated utter disregard for the most basic campaign finance laws,” said Sam Lieberman, chairman of the Nevada State Democratic Party. “For a state candidate to attack a federal candidate in this manner clearly violates federal law, and their inability or unwillingness to adhere to basic campaign finance rules is troubling and must be punished.”

Couldn’t find the ad in question on YouTube so either it’s not there anymore or I’m looking in the wrong place.  Will post it when I find it.

Am awaiting comment from both campaigns.

Update (2:51 PM):

Ok, it was not a YouTube ad, just a small web ad.

“We ran a little web ad on Drudge for two days and collected a few hundred email addresses,” said Montandon.

“The complaint is completely without merit,” said Montandon.  “Suggesting that I somehow coordinated or mingled funds with the Tarkanian campaign is just insane.  Steve Wark did do some work for me last year, but so what?”

Team Montandon will send me a copy of the ad in question this afternoon; I’ll post it here once I’ve got it.

Update (2:58 PM):

“The Tarkanian campaign had no prior knowledge of the internet ad, all questions should be directed to the Montandon campaign,” says Team Tark campaign manager Brian Seitchik.

Update (5:55 PM):

Here is the ad:

And a statement from the Montandon campaign:

Accusations Against Montandon Campaign Show Reid’s Willingness to Abuse His Control of the Democratic Party of Nevada

North Las Vegas – The recent complaint filed against the Montandon campaign and others is the first of what is expected to be many uses and abuses of Senator Harry Reid’s money and control of the Democratic Party.

Republicans are eager to challenge Nevada’s senior Senator because he has lost touch with the average Nevadan. Harry Reid is integral part of the Washington liberal elite and he has proved with this complaint against the Montandon campaign that he will do anything to further his own personal goals.

His son Rory, attempting to salvage a gubernatorial campaign by dissociating himself with his father’s tainted name, is using the money and resources of his father’s good ole boy network to lash out at the ideological link I’ve made between him and his father.

The internet ad linking Rory to his father was created by a media consultant out of Texas. The ad was not coordinated with anyone else, in theme, direction or content.

It is ridiculous to think that the Montandon campaign would have the desire to spend resources on any other campaign, or that targeting Rory Reid would have to be done with no reference to any “dynasty”. The complaints have no basis in fact.