FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Pam duPré
(Carson City, NV; May 24, 2010) - Secretary of State Ross Miller said today he will immediately seek a temporary restraining order to stop the airing of political ads paid for by an out-of-state organization that is not properly registered with the state. Secretary Miller says the group sponsoring the TV ads, the Alliance for America’s Future, 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.
“Nevada election law is very explicit. In order to spend money on TV ads in an effort to influence the outcome of an election, you must file as a PAC. Here we have an out-of-state group that’s unwilling to fill out a simple two-page registration form, as does every other PAC that legally conducts political activity in this state,” Secretary Miller said. “It’s my job as Chief Elections Officer to enforce state law that provides voters transparency in election activity. This shadowy, out-of state group, which won’t identify the individuals behind it, leaves me no choice but to go to court to force them into compliance.”
The temporary restraining order seeks to enjoin Nevada TV station from airing the 30 second ad. In addition, the Secretary is requesting the court to order “Alliance for America’s Future” to comply with Nevada law and disclose the identity of those behind the advertisement and shed light on the source(s) of funding for the commercial. The Secretary of State’s Office will seek injunctive relief in Carson City’s First Judicial Court.