Henderson, NV – In a stunning report on Friday by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, it was revealed that the campaign of Democrat nominee for Lieutenant Governor Kate Marshall had improperly and illegally benefitted from a taxpayer-funded e-mail urging support for her campaign. Marshall, who carelessly lost $50 million of taxpayer money while serving as Nevada State Treasurer, and then got caught lying about it, has gone into hiding since the report was published. To this day, she continues to refuse to answer questions about her role in the illegal activity.
“Kate Marshall has a shockingly careless record of mismanaging taxpayer money as our state treasurer, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that she may now be using those same taxpayers to illegally benefit her campaign,” stated Senator Michael Roberson, the Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor. “You would think that a perennial candidate like Kate Marshall would know the laws that govern campaigns by now. Nevada taxpayers and voters deserve answers.”
Nevada law is clear on this issue: state employees cannot use their taxpayer-funded position or taxpayer-funded devices to promote a candidate or campaign. In this case, Kate Marshall’s political advisor and husband, who also happens to be a state employee, violated this law by sending a mass-distributed e-mail to promote his wife’s candidacy. This important law was written precisely to prevent this kind of behavior from politicians.
Important questions Kate Marshall is ducking:
- Did you assist in drafting the illegal e-mail?
- Did you assist in determining who received the illegal e-mail?
- When did you first learn that this illegal e-mail was sent?
- Are you aware of any other illegal e-mails that have been sent on your behalf to benefit your campaign?
- Do you deny the existence of any other illegal e-mails or other forms of communication that have been sent on your behalf?
- Did you sign the Code of Fair Campaign Practices when you filed for the office of Lieutenant Governor? (NRS 294A.290)
- Do you know the voter registration status of those who were in receipt of the illegal e-mail?
- Do you think it is improper for students at taxpayer-funded universities to be pressured or intimidated by their professors to vote for certain political candidates in an election?