FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Pam duPré
(Carson City, NV; May 25, 2010) - Secretary of State Ross Miller has filed a complaint in Nevada’s First Judicial District Court to stop the Alliance for America’s Future from airing any more political ads in Nevada until the group complies with state disclosure laws. The complaint also asks for civil penalties of up to $5,000 for each violation that has allegedly already occurred.
Secretary Miller says the out-of-state organization has intentionally refused to file as a Political Action Committee (PAC), a clear violation of Nevada election law that requires a certain level of transparency in campaign practices.
The Alliance for America’s Future is identified as the sponsor of ads featuring gubernatorial candidate Brian Sandoval that have aired across the state in recent weeks. Secretary Miller emphasizes that his office has no evidence that the Sandoval campaign has coordinated strategy or efforts with the Alliance for America’s Future.
The Secretary of State’s office made every effort to determine if the group’s failure to register as a PAC was an inadvertent oversight. But, Secretary Miller said, the response from the group’s attorney made it clear they have no intention of complying with Nevada law.
“This out-of-state organization is attempting to influence the outcome of a Nevada election and, at the same time, dodge state law that requires disclosure and transparency in election activity,” Secretary Miller said. “They explicitly refused to comply with Nevada law that simply requires them to register as a Political Action Committee. It’s my job as Chief Elections Officer to pull groups like this out of the shadows so voters can see who they are.”
The temporary restraining order seeks to enjoin the Alliance for America’s Future and associated individuals from conducting any more political activity in Nevada until they have properly registered with the Office of Secretary of State.