This week, the Nevada State Democratic Party filed a formal complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) over electronic billboard ads in the Las Vegas area supporting Republican Sen. Dean Heller. The billboard not only lacked a proper disclaimer to identify the ad sponsor, it appeared to show a corporate gas station potentially providing an impermissible in-kind contribution to Heller’s campaign.
A Heller spokesperson responded to the complaint by claiming the illegal ads aren’t paid for by the campaign – but they did not disavow the illegal ad spending on their behalf, they declined to call for the illegal ads to be taken down, and they did not answer questions about what shady outside group is in fact paying for the ads to boost Heller.
Nevada State Democratic Party spokesperson Sarah Abel released the following statement:
“It’s hard to believe anything Dean Heller’s dishonest campaign says until the FEC or the press get to the bottom of who is responsible for clearly violating campaign finance rules with these billboard ads. What’s clear from the Heller campaign’s reaction is that they are intent on protecting their dark money allies despite their shady and illegal behavior.”