The Nevada State Democratic Party filed a formal complaint today against Republican Sen. Dean Heller’s campaign with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) over electronic billboard ads in the Las Vegas area. The billboard not only lacked a proper disclaimer to identify the ad sponsor, it appeared to show a corporate gas station providing an impermissible in-kind contribution to Heller’s campaign.
This is fourth complaint filed by the State Party against Heller’s reckless and unethical campaign in recent months.
In October, the NV Dems filed an ethics complaint against Heller for using his position on the Finance Committee to solicit campaign donations as Republicans were preparing to pass their tax bill.
In January, the NV Dems filed another ethics complaint against Heller for repeatedly copying the senator’s official press releases and posting them in nearly identical form on the campaign’s Medium account. The campaign hasn’t posted on Medium since.
In February, the NV Dems filed a third ethics complaint against Heller for once again using his official position and support for specific legislation to solicit campaign contributions through Google ads.
“Once again, Sen. Heller has been caught breaking the rules in a desperate effort to boost his failing campaign,” said Nevada State Democratic Party Chair William McCurdy II. “Nevadans have come to know Sen. Heller as nothing more than a desperate, self-serving career politician who will do anything to stay in office. These ads appear to violate campaign finance laws and FEC regulations, and they raise serious questions about the Heller campaign’s continued unethical conduct. We are calling on the FEC to investigate these improper ads, figure out how widespread this problem is, and use its authority to take enforcement action.”