A Republican-backed Super PAC called ClearPath Action Fund focused on energy issues launched half a million dollars worth of digital ads today in support of Sen. Dean Heller’s struggling re-election campaign. It turns out that ClearPath Action Fund is actually a pro-Yucca group that strongly supports Republican efforts to turn Yucca Mountain into a nuclear waste dump.
They’re not the only Yucca Mountain supporters helping Heller in his bid for re-election: Heller has also taken nearly $50,000 in direct campaign contributions from pro-Yucca groups.
Just this past weekend, Heller’s high school buddy and fellow Nevada Republican, Congressman Mark Amodei, admitted what we’ve all know for a while: Heller is irrelevant on Yucca Mountain, he’s just being protected by Mitch McConnell because of the “politics in the Senate race.” Amodei even suggested that Senate Republicans might abandon Heller on the issue “180 days from now” — shortly after the November election.
Nevada State Democratic Party spokesperson Sarah Abel released the following statement:
“As Yucca Mountain proponents spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to prop up his re-election and his own Republican colleagues openly question his effectiveness at stopping Yucca Mountain, it’s no wonder Nevadans don’t trust Dean Heller as our Senator.”