July 1, 2011

Transparency Review (6/27-7/1)



  • Nevada Journal's Steven Miller reported Wednesday that City of North Las Vegas staffing records showed Assembly Speaker John Oceguera, D., Las Vegas, was working full-time for the North Las Vegas Fire Department during the 2009 and 2011 Legislative sessions. Despite Nevada Jounal giving NLVFD Chief Al Gillespie a chance to provide evidence refuting the staffing records and noting Gillespie's and Oceguera's explanations in the story, Gillespie scoffed at Nevada Journal's report while failing to note any factual errors in it. The City of North Las Vegas later confirmed that Oceguera was double-dipping during the 2009 and 2011 Legislative Sessions.


  • On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued another campaign finance ruling, this time striking down Arizona's "trigger" law, which provided matching funds to publicly-funded candidates based on amounts spent by privately-funded rivals. The Court voted 5-4 with all five conservative judges ruling the AZ law was unconstitutional while the four liberal judges dissented.


  • The Federal Election Commission is considering a Democrat request to solicit unlimited contributions from corporations, unions, and individuals into new super PACs. The Democrat group which filed the request is closely linked to Nancy Pelosi and Nevada's Harry Reid, and Politico ironically noted both Reid and Pelosi criticized Republican super PAC spending during the 2010 midterm elections.


  • The average lobbyist-turned Congressional staffer took more than a $100,000 pay cuts just to work on Capitol Hill, according to a report in The Hill. The average pay cut for an ex-lobbyist in the House is $94,000 and $149,000 for ex-lobbyists in the Senate.