An out-of-state conservative group wants you to call Democratic Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller and tell him that you’re “sick of his costly hypocrisy.” If you think this sounds like a campaign ad, that’s because it is. A group called the State Government Leadership Foundation has attacked Miller for sponsoring a transparency and good-governance bill at the Legislature while alleging that Miller hasn’t been ethical himself. Ironically, some of the “lavish gifts” Miller has received would be curtailed under his banner bill, which he calls the Aurora Act. Miller also defends the gifts, which include football games, theatrical performances and UFC fights. “I disclose absolutely everything,” he said, noting that the gifts are legal.
Meanwhile, the group labeling Miller a “career politician” and illustrating him wearing a joker’s hat doesn’t have to disclose its contributions or expenditures because of loopholes in campaign finance laws.
You can find out who’s paying how much for events Miller attends with a quick read of his financial disclosure statements.
Anything over $200 has to be reported, and he’s meticulous about doing so.
Conversely, your donations will be kept secret should you decide to contribute to the State Government Leadership Foundation, a fact the group touts on its website.
Miller has long been frustrated by the fact that other prominent elected officials in Nevada have a habit of leaving blank the area where they are supposed to declare gifts. Those officials, who are considering regulations and legislation affecting the state’s major industries and monied interests, are either receiving no gifts or they are not reporting them, as some allege.