>As the Nevada Congressional District 2 race heads to the wire, two interesting press releases from the Derby Camp –
Derby Campaign files complaint about Heller’s continuing campaign debt:
“At a time of economic crisis, we need a true fiscal conservative to end the Bush cycle of borrow-and-spend budgeting,” said Derby. “Dean Heller should practice the fiscal responsibility he preaches and pay off his debt.” “While average Nevadans are struggling to make mortgage and credit card payments, Dean Heller is receiving deals on highly questionable loans from top Republican strategists,” said Derby Spokeswoman Kristen Cullen. “Not only is Heller’s debt fiscally irresponsible, but it also raises serious ethical and legal questions that need to be answered. Heller should pay off this debt and voluntarily submit his campaign to an audit by the Federal Election Commission.” The FEC complaint alleges that Dean Heller’s campaign committee circumvented the FEC’s prohibition on corporate contributions to federal campaigns by maintaining hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt to corporate vendors without interest or regular payments. The corporation known as November, Inc., and its subsidiaries, are owned by Michael and Lindsay Slanker, Political Director and Finance Director, respectively, at the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
Heller’s campaign committee has more than enough in his campaign account to pay off this debt. At times he has had more than triple the amount of cash on hand than is owed.
Heller ad mis-represents Derby’s positions:
“In a critical election, instead of talking about issues like the economy in crisis, Dean Heller has taken a page out of the Bush-Rove playbook, in an attempt to win at any cost,” said Derby Spokeswoman Kristen Cullen.
Heller’s ad contains deliberate distortions of Derby ’s record on the issues:
Heller Ad: At a time when working families are struggling to make ends meet, big spender Jill Derby wants to raise taxes – even bragging about raising $161 billion in new taxes.
Truth: Jill Derby wants to cut taxes for working families and special tax breaks for Big Oil while they make record profits. Heller has voted twice to give billions in corporate welfare to Big Oil. Derby has never bragged about raising $161 billion in new taxes, and Heller has no evidence to back-up that number.
Heller Ad: And how would Derby spend your tax dollars? She wants to give free health care to illegal immigrants.
Truth: Derby supports the S-CHIP bill which would have provided health care and check-ups for 70,000 Nevada children, who are currently uninsured. The bill requires recipients to be a legal U.S. resident for 5 years before you can receive coverage, specifically exempting illegal immigrants.