September 27, 2008

The lobbyist merry-go-round

The City of Reno, which earlier this year was caught failing to report its lobbying expenses as required by state law (see Louis Dezseran's August 14 post, below), is hiring new lobbyists for the 2009 Nevada Legislature.

According to a Sept 25 Reno Gazette-Journal report, Alexis Miller, a former lobbyist for the Nevada Mining Association, has been hired to lobby for the City of Reno at a salary of $85,512 annually. She will also work with Lesley Pittman, former lobbyist for Stations Casinos, whose lobbying company, Sierra Strategies, has also been retained by the City of Reno, says the G-J story. Pittman's company was hired at a rate of "$72,000 for the 2009 session," according to the article. Assuming the session will only last four months -- the term set by the Nevada Constitution for the regular biennial legislatures -- the annual rate of pay for Sierra Strategies would calc out at $216,000.

Miller, five years as a mining association lobbyist, will replace Nicholas Anthony, who lobbied for the City of Reno during the 2007 session. Anthony is a former Legislative Counsel Bureau (LCB) staffer who, according to the story, is returning to a position with the LCB.