If you’re wondering how next year’s State of the State will be portrayed in the film, click on the pic for an artist’s rendering. Well, a rendering, anyway.
And the only folks who like that Legal Defense Slush Fund that Gibbons threw together to defend himself from, well, legalities, are (a) the lawyers getting paid out of it and (b) the moribund Clark County Republican Party. At least the lawyers’ position makes perfect sense. Kudos to the Review Journal for that journalistic doggedness that unearthed the two groups. Stayed up late on chasing them down, no doubt.
- Gibbons should have brought the fund to the attention House Ethic’s Committee. Of course, my guess is the real reason Gibbons didn’t do that is he knew he had less than two months left in the House and that the Ethics committee doesn’t pursue claims against ex-Congressfolk. Also, that committee has been rendered useless by Congressional deadlock, and the fears of the then-Republican leadership that more Republican corruption would be discovered.
- Such defense funds have to be linked to a Congressperson’s job as Congressperson–not for defending against extracurricular gropings.
- The House limits the amounts of contributions to such funds to $5,000, not the $10,000 to $30,000 Gibbons’ pals were tossing in.
- On the Nevada side, Gibbons should not have been accepting gifts while the Legislature is in session, or just before and just after.
- Whether the money is considered a campaign contribution or a gift, Gibbons violated laws requiring the disclosure of such funds and might be guilty of willful filing of incorrect documents with the Secretary of State.
Well, if we’ve learned anything from Nixon and Scooter, it’s not the crime that gets ya, it’s the cover-up.