The Nevada State Democratic Party announced today that it has filed a new complaint against Republican Sen. Dean Heller with the Senate Select Committee on Ethics for once again using official resources to bolster his struggling re-election campaign. The complaint documents how Sen. Heller’s campaign has repeatedly reproduced identical content from official press releases for political communications. This is the second ethics complaint filed against Heller by the state party.
Over the past few months, Sen. Heller’s campaign has been frequently copying and pasting the senator’s official press releases, posting them in nearly identical form as articles on the campaign’s Medium account and sharing them on Twitter. The campaign has also reproduced verbatim language from official press releases for fundraising email content. These actions are a serious violation of federal law and the Senate Code of Official Conduct.
“This establishes a clear pattern of self-serving, unethical behavior from career politician Dean Heller,” said William McCurdy II, Chair of the Nevada State Democratic Party. “Sen. Heller is blatantly violating federal law and Senate ethics rules by using official resources and taxpayer-funded staff to further his political goals and inappropriately solicit campaign cash. This is a deceitful and unseemly attempt to blend Heller’s official and political communications together, and the result is unacceptable. We are reiterating our request to the Select Committee on Ethics to immediately investigate Heller’s conduct and take action.”