The Nevada State Democratic Party announced today that it has filed yet another complaint against Republican Sen. Dean Heller with the Senate Select Committee on Ethics for once again using specific official legislation and resources to solicit campaign contributions and bolster his struggling re-election effort. The complaint documents how Sen. Heller’s campaign has been using his No Budget, No Pay Act to solicit online campaign donations with Google search ads.
This is third ethics complaint filed against Heller by the State Party. In October, the Party filed a complaint accusing Heller of using his position on the Finance Committee to solicit campaign donations as Republicans were preparing to pass their tax bill. The State Party filed another complaint against Heller in January for repeatedly copying the senator’s official press releases and posting them in nearly identical form as articles on the campaign’s Medium account. The campaign has not used Medium since that complaint was filed.
“This is the self-serving and ethically questionable behavior that Nevadans have come to expect from Sen. Dean Heller,” said William McCurdy II, Chair of the Nevada State Democratic Party. “Heller is so desperate to avoid losing his job in Washington that he’s now willing to break the rules and exploit his taxpayer-funded office in order to try and salvage his political career. It’s time for the Senate Select Committee on Ethics to investigate the Heller campaign’s conduct and take action.”