Hutchison's Position on Ethics, Hide and Obfuscate

26th January, 2014

Andrew Doughman of the Las Vegas Sun reports that…

“At least four state senators — Greg Brower, R-Reno; Mark Hutchison, R-Las Vegas; Michael Roberson, R-Henderson; and Aaron Ford, D-Las Vegas — took trips to Israel sponsored by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, a pro-Israel lobbying group, which hosted various lawmakers from around the United States and introduced them to Israeli dignitaries.”

Yet they failed to report the junkets on their campaign finance disclosure reports filed earlier this month, but will likely face no penalty.  As former state Sen. Sheila Leslie noted in the story:

“It’s very easy to hide anything that you want to hide and your chances of getting caught are almost nil.  If you are corrupt, it’s very easy to get away with it, which casts doubt on the whole system.”

The four legislators, all lawyers, are now “lawyered up” themselves and hiding behind “attorney-client privilege” to block the release of an alleged legal opinion from the Legislative Counsel Bureau that supposedly says it’s OK for them to hide junkets and not report them on the Financial Disclosure Statements.

State Senator Mark Hutchison's actions are particularly egregious since he served on the Nevada Commission on Ethics from January 2004 to June 2011, two of those years as Chairman of the Committee.

Is this the kind of behavior we can expect from Attorney Hutchison if he’s elected to the lieutenant governor’s office?

 

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