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Contribute to One Nevada! Assuming That Doesn't Violate the Law...

Contribute To One Nevada!So, I just got this nifty note from the Guv’s campaign. It was all about how the governor thinks we should all pull together to attack students and legislators as one big happy Nevada!

Well, I won’t bore you with any more of the tirade. However, I am troubled by one thing.

According to those pesky old Nevada Revised Statutes, I see this:

NRS 294A.300 Legislator, Lieutenant Governor, Lieutenant Governor-Elect, Governor or Governor-Elect prohibited from soliciting or accepting contributions during certain period.

1.  It is unlawful for a member of the Legislature, the Lieutenant Governor, the Lieutenant Governor-Elect, the Governor or the Governor-Elect to solicit or accept any monetary contribution, or solicit or accept a commitment to make such a contribution for any political purpose during the period beginning:

(a) Thirty days before a regular session of the Legislature and ending 30 days after the final adjournment of a regular session of the Legislature;

(b) Fifteen days before a special session of the Legislature is set to commence and ending 15 days after the final adjournment of a special session of the Legislature, if the Governor sets a specific date for the commencement of the special session that is more than 15 days after the Governor issues the proclamation calling for the special session; or

(c) The day after the Governor issues a proclamation calling for a special session of the Legislature and ending 15 days after the final adjournment of a special session of the Legislature if the Governor sets a specific date for the commencement of the special session that is 15 or fewer days after the Governor issues the proclamation calling for the special session.

So, let’s see. The special session is set for Feb. 23. The “day after” the governor called a special session was Tuesday, Feb. 9th. Doesn’t that mean the Guv can’t be “soliciting” campaign contributions?

But, suppose I’m wrong in thinking (c) applies. Well, in that case, clause (b) applies, and the Guv’s email dated Feb. 11, falls within the 15 days prior to a special session. That means, he shouldn’t be soliciting.

I guess that “one Nevada” means one Nevada for Jim and another for the rest of us, at least when it comes to abiding by Nevada’s election laws.

Well, won’t be the first time.

[UPDATE: Apparently the State of the State was not, in fact, the official call for the special session. The trick is that the Guv has to officially sign a proclamation to call the Special Session, and he hasn't done that yet. Thus the pre-session limit hasn't started. According to Ralston's Flash the reason the Gube hasn't "officially" called the session yet is because he has a big fund raiser on the 17th. So, the money grubbing will continue until at least the day after that. Ain't it great to be the Gube? Of course, that begs the question: why have a state of a state--except as a taxpayer funded Gibformercial?

By the way, it was, in fact, a mailing dated Monday, May 8, from the campaign that led me to look up the campaign law in the first place. I quote:

By Nevada law campaign contributions cannot be accepted the durring the15 days before and after a special session. I ask you to please join me in fighting to protect Nevadans from more taxes that will prevent recovery. Please make your contribution before 5pm tomorrow to help me ensure that we can bring Nevada back to prosperity through economic development.

The above indicates that the gov was probably planning on making the official proclamation on the 9th until somebody in the office noticed the fund raiser on the 17th. If the proclamation had been on the 8th, contributions would not have been legal on the 9th by either clause (b) or clause (c).]

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