Sen. Dean Heller was asked directly yesterday in Las Vegas if he would return the nearly $30,000 in illegal contributions his campaign accepted through a deceptive straw-donor scheme in his 2012 race. His answer? Silence.
The NV Dems filed a complaint last week with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) against Heller’s campaign for failing to follow campaign finance laws. FEC documents obtained by Bloomberg through a public records request showed that Cancer Treatment Centers of America sent disgorgement request letters to 35 campaign committees, including Heller’s, in August 2017. Some campaign committees immediately turned over the illegal contributions, but Heller’s was not one of them. According to FEC records, Heller’s campaign has not refunded these donations or disgorged them to the U.S. Treasury. There is no valid excuse for the Heller campaign failing to disgorge tens of thousands of dollars in illegal contributions as required by law.
Las Vegas Review-Journal: Heller didn’t return illegal campaign donations, Democrats charge
By Gary Martin
May 21, 2018
- In the latest turn in the bruising Senate battle in Nevada, the state Democratic Party filed a complaint Monday with the Federal Election Commission accusing Republican Dean Heller of failing to refund 2012 contributions from a company that made illegal campaign donations.
- The complaint focused on donations to Republican candidates, including Heller, from employees of the Cancer Treatment Centers of America that were later deemed illegal by the FEC.
- “Sen. Heller’s attempt to flout campaign finance rules speaks volumes about his lack of respect for the office he holds and the state he represents, and the FEC should investigate these violations,” said Alana Mounce, Nevada State Democratic Party executive director.
- “Our campaign cannot return money that was spent on the 2012 election six years ago,” said Keith Schipper.
- Cancer Treatment Centers of America was found by the FEC to have violated campaign finance laws by paying bonuses to managers to cover their political contributions to candidates and Republican groups.
- In its complaint with the FEC, the Nevada Democratic Party said Heller’s campaign never gave $27,500 in contributions from employees of the cancer centers to the Treasury.
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