Senate Majority Leader Kelvin Atkinson resigned earlier this week after announcing he would be pleading guilty to using his campaign contributions as a personal slush fund.
Atkinson’s illegal conversion of campaign donations for his personal use continues a Nevada Democrat trend. Last summer, Las Vegas City Councilman Ricky Barlow admitted to stealing nearly $50,000 from his re-election campaign and accepting another $17,000 in cash contributions that he never reported and took for his own personal use.
It’s also similar to the case against former Assemblyman Morse Arberry Jr., who was found to have funneled over $120,000 in campaign contributions his own personal bank account.
The Nevada Republican Party seized on this scandal and began an ad campaign demanding Democrats return any money they have received from corrupt Kelvin’s fraudulent campaign, in particular Governor Sisolak, Attorney General Aaron Ford, newly elected Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro, and the Nevada Senate Democrats’ campaign committee.
Our ad was covered through the state as the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Reno Gazette-Journal, and Associated Press all reported on the campaign.
The Nevada Republican Party will continue pressuring Democrats until they do the right thing and give up their contributions from Kelvin Atkinson’s shady campaign. We hope you’ll ask your fellow Republicans to join us in demanding these Democrats do the right thing.
Despite the Democrat Machine working in overdrive to turn people out in support of their dangerous bill that would allow for same-day voter registration and extend the early voting period, we were able to match them with voices in opposition to this terrible piece of legislation.
The hearing for S.B. 123 took place on Wednesday evening, and it’s clear Democrats on the committee weren’t expecting the resistance to this bill that was there.
Paul Strasser, Chairman of the Carson City Republican Party, Shawn Meehan, chair of the NVGOP’s Special Committee on Voter Identification, Carson City Republican Party State Committeeman Maurice White, and Andrew Quinn all offered insightful opposition in their testimony.
In fact, even their own friends, such as the Clark County Registrar, testified on how expensive and onerous the legislation would be.
The committee didn’t vote on the bill so there is still time for you, and your fellow Republicans, to make your voices heard.
Please contact your Senator and tell them to oppose S.B. 123. We can’t afford to threaten the integrity of Nevada’s elections.
On The Radar…
We are keeping an eye on a bill that abolish the death penalty for heinous criminals convicted of first-degree murder. Families of victims of these crimes deserve justice, which is why we have made following this legislation a priority.
I will be sure to let you know as soon as a hearing for this bill is scheduled.
S.B.: 246: Eliminates the possibility of the imposition of a sentence of death on persons convicted of first-degree murder. (BDR 15-963): AN ACT relating to crimes; eliminating the possibility of the imposition of a sentence of death on a person convicted of first degree murder; and providing other matters properly relating thereto. If there are any other urgent matters before my next update, I will be sure to let you know. In the meantime, please forward this email to your fellow Nevada Republicans. It is crucial we keep people updated on what is going on in Carson City if we are going to ensure Republican voices are heard during the legislative session.
Thanks for all you do,
Josh SkaggsLegislative Affairs Director, Nevada Republican Party