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Court Imposes Fines in Campaign Finance Violations
Posted Date: 3/5/2008

Secretary of State Ross Miller Says Affirmation of Near-Record Fines Encourages Continued Aggressive Enforcement of Campaign Laws

Carson City , NV – The First District Court of Nevada has granted Secretary of State Ross Miller’s motion for summary judgment for more than $37,000 in fines and attorney fees related to a state senate candidate’s failure to file campaign contributions and expense reports. The Honorable Judge William Maddox ordered former candidate Carolyn Bauer to pay a $15,000 civil penalty with $2,424 interest, and attorney fees of $20,101.

“The court is sending a message in support of strong enforcement of our campaign finance laws,” said Secretary of State Miller. “Court decisions like this one are an important element in our ability to aggressively enforce contribution and expense report violations. When candidates see that the penalties and judgments are real and enforceable, they pay much closer attention to the laws and regulations regarding campaign finance reporting.

“Our initial research indicates that this judgment may be the largest campaign finance violation fine in Nevada history,” said Secretary Miller, whose office currently has 41 cases dealing with campaign finance violations.

The original complaint against Bauer was filed by the Secretary of State’s office in February of 2004, and was based on Bauer’s failure to file contributions and expenses from her 2002 campaign for state senate in Washoe County, District One. Deputy Attorney General Clark Leslie litigated the case on behalf of the Secretary of State’s office.