In Nevada, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that the GOP has revived Shelley Berkley’s 1996 ethics flap, where she told the Chairman of the Las Vegas Sands that he should buy off judges and county commissioners. It was only a matter of time before Republicans rolled this out but Crossroads GPS is on the air today with a commercial that resurrects a Shelley Berkley ethics run-in from her days as a Las Vegas casino attorney. … Berkley served as a vice president for legal and governmental affairs at Las Vegas Sands Inc., working for chairman Sheldon Adelson as the casino magnate was building his flagship Venetian resort on the Strip. … In June 1998, old Sands memos surfaced as well as a taped phone call in which Berkley was recorded saying she recommended Adelson offer favors to then-Clark County commissioners Erin Kenny and Yvonne Atkinson Gates to help complete the Venetian. One Berkley memo to Adelson from September 1996 recommended making campaign contributions to Las Vegas judges because “they tend to help those who have helped them.” “If we want to be able to continue contacting the judges when we need to, I strongly urge that we donate to the judges I recommended,” the memo said in part.
- Meanwhile, Politico’s Morning Score reports that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber of Reno, Sparks and Northern Nevada will endorse Dean Heller and his pro-jobs campaign.U.S. Chamber official and former Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings will make an announcement regarding Senator Dean Heller’s re-election campaign at a small business in Sparks, Nevada, today. The Chamber of Reno, Sparks and Northern Nevada will co-host the event to ‘highlight Senator Heller’s record of cutting spending, promoting free enterprise and fighting the taxes, regulations, and mandates that are strangling Nevada small businesses.’ The Chamber’s national political director Rob Engstrom: ‘ Nevada’s Senate race will determine whether we have a pro-business majority in the U.S. Senate, whether free enterprise leads our country, and will establish the course of our country for decades to come.’ The Chamber hasn’t officially endorsed Heller yet.
Former U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings
Joins U.S. Chamber of Commerce & the Chamber of Reno, Sparks, & Northern NV to Endorse Dean Heller
Press Availability at Sparks Florist Today
(Las Vegas, NV) – Today at 10:00 a.m PT, former U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings will represent the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for a formal endorsement of Dean Heller in Nevada’s U.S. Senate race. The Chamber of Reno, Sparks, and Northern Nevada will also endorse Dean Heller at the event.
WHAT: U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber of Reno, Sparks, and
Northern Nevada endorse Dean Heller.
WHO: Dean Heller, United States Senator
Margaret Spellings, Former United States Secretary of Education
Tony Fiannaca, owner, Sparks Florist
Tray Abney, The Chamber
WHEN: Today, August 9th from 10:00 – 10:30 a.m. PT
WHERE: Sparks Florist
1001 Pyramid Way
Sparks, NV 89431
Margaret Spellings served as U.S. Secretary of Education from 2005 to 2009. She is a senior advisor to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and President of its Forum for Policy Innovation. As President, Spellings oversees the Chamber’s three non-profit foundations: the National Chamber Foundation (NCF), the Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) and the Institute for a Competitive Workforce (ICW) which promotes the rigorous educational standards and effective job training systems needed to preserve the strength of America’s workforce.