Secretary Cegavske Clarifies Letter Regarding NRS 294A.300
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Kent Alexander
(Carson City, NV; March 4, 2017) – In response to questions regarding the recent letter from Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske and the applicability of NRS 294A.300 to political entities, Secretary Cegavske issues the following clarification:
The fundraising prohibition found in NRS 294A.300 applies to a person, not a committee or any other organization formed for a political purpose. The people subject to the provisions of NRS 294A.300 are explicitly named in the statute: a member of the Legislature, the Lieutenant Governor, the Lieutenant Governor-Elect, the Governor, and the Governor-Elect.
Those persons subject to the fundraising restriction in NRS 294A.300 are prohibited from soliciting or accepting monetary contributions for “any political purpose” during the blackout period. The inclusion of the phrase “any political purpose” means the prohibition is broad in scope and does not apply solely to a prohibited person soliciting or accepting monetary contributions for him or herself. A person subject to the blackout period is also prohibited from soliciting or accepting monetary contributions on behalf of a committee, organization, or any other entity if the soliciting or accepting is done for a political purpose. In the hypothetical situation where the chair of a political committee is a person subject to the fundraising restriction found in NRS 294A.300, it is the person who is prohibited from soliciting or accepting contributions for any political purpose on behalf of the committee. The committee itself is not subject to NRS 294A.300.