A new report from The Nevada Independent shows that Republican attorney general and candidate for governor Adam Laxalt ignored the law and went around state regulators to ask a federal agency to take action to amplify the immediate effect of the GOP tax bill.
The Nevada Public Utilities Commission (PUC) told the Independent that the letter Laxalt sent to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) asking them to effectively lower rates was in violation of Nevada law, which gives the PUC “clear leadership authority” to communicate with FERC on behalf of the state. The PUC claims Laxalt’s office did not consult with them before joining the letter, which Laxalt’s office confirmed in a statement.
Nevada State Democratic Party spokesperson Helen Kalla released the following statement:
“Adam Laxalt just can’t stop using his taxpayer-funded office to further his political agenda. This latest move is part of a clear pattern of total disregard for the integrity of the attorney general’s office and a willingness to do whatever it takes for political gain, regardless of ethical or legal bounds. The fact that Laxalt went rogue and signed this letter shows that his sole motive was to curry favor with Trump and Washington Republicans by trying to make their sham tax bill seem like a boon for everyday consumers instead of the corporate giveaway it really is. Laxalt’s brazen contempt for the public trust disqualifies him from holding his current office, much less seeking a promotion to governor.”
Adam Laxalt has a history of using his office for political gain
Laxalt attempted to use his capacity as attorney general to intervene in a lawsuit before the Gaming Control Board on behalf of casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, Laxalt’s biggest campaign donor, which led to hearings and a bill in the state legislature.
Laxalt came under fire for refusing to implement a voter-approved background check law after the October 1 shooting.
Laxalt tried to abstain, then cast the lone ‘no’ vote, against pardoning Fred Steese, innocent man who’d been imprisoned for a crime he did not commit.
Laxalt then tried to use his office staff to squash media inquiries about a records request the NV Dems made regarding the pardons board hearing.
Laxalt ignored a request from the state health insurance exchange to join a lawsuit over Trump’s move to end cost-sharing reduction payments, a move Gov. Sandoval said would “hurt everybody.”
Laxalt joined Nevada in a partisan lawsuit – without Gov. Sandoval’s backing – against Pres. Obama’s immigration executive action to keep families together. Later, Laxalt declined to join a lawsuit against the Trump Administration’s cruel decision to end the DACA program.
Laxalt sent a politically motivated letter questioning Planned Parenthood executives in Las Vegas and Reno – using Nevada women who rely on the services Planned Parenthood provides as pawns to burnish his own political credentials for higher office.