The Nevada State Democratic Party announced today that it has filed a fourth complaint against Republican Sen. Dean Heller with the Senate Select Committee on Ethics for using an official Senate photo on his campaign website. The complaint documents how Heller’s campaign has been using an official photo taken from a Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs hearing on his campaign website’s home page and as part of campaign email and survey to supporters.
“Once again, Sen. Heller has been caught red-handed trying to use his taxpayer-funded office and elected position to bolster his struggling re-election campaign,” said William McCurdy II, Chair of the Nevada State Democratic Party. “This is the kind of sloppy and unethical conduct Nevadans have come to expect from Sen. Heller as he desperately tries to hold onto political power this year. It’s time for Heller to start playing by the rules and end this egregious pattern of improper behavior abusing his office’s official resources. There should be a bright red line between Sen. Heller’s Senate office and his campaign, and we urge the Senate Select Committee on Ethics to immediately investigate this misconduct. Why is this so hard?”
Nevada Democrats have filed a total of five complaints against Heller so far this cycle. In October, the State Party filed its first ethics 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 ethics 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. In February, the State Party filed a third ethics complaint against Heller for continuing to use his official position to solicit campaign donations. A fourth complaint was filed in March with the Federal Election Commission over electronic billboard ads promoting the Heller campaign that lacked a proper disclaimer.