If you are getting ads from or tweets by the Nevada Jobs Coalition, here’s some information you might want to have on hand. It’s not about JOBS. It’s another of the tangled PACs managed by Chrissie Hastie, who according to the C&E report from last May 24th, is operating out of a post office box in Las Vegas.
The donors listed (those who contributed $1,000 or more) during the reporting period in 2016 are: One Nevada PAC, New Nevada PAC; Senate Republican Leadership Conference; the McDonald Carano Wilson Government Affairs LLC; Growth and Opportunity PAC, and the Committee to Elect Paul Anderson. Drilling down we find:
One Nevada PAC = a political action committee headed by Greg Brower, Reno, NV and the source of funding is “Brower for Nevada.” [C&E]
New Nevada PAC = a political action committee run by Kate Szafran, Las Vegas, NV which poured $50,000 into the Nevada Jobs Coalition on June 9, 2016. [C&E] Szafran is no stranger to Nevada politics, prior to joining October, Inc. she was affiliated with the National Republican Senatorial Committee, and for the Republican Governors Association. She also served as finance director for Gov. Brian Sandoval and Senator Dean Heller. [OctInc] The latest C&E form shows Craig Estey as a major contributor in 2016. [C&E]
The previous report for New Nevada PAC signed off by Chrissie Hastie, showed contributions from: Southwest Gas; Switch Ltd; Newmont Mining Corporation; Titlemax; One Nevada PAC; Last Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce; Boyd Gaming Corporation; Caesars Enterprise Service LLC; Davita Total Renal Care Inc.; Intuit; Leading Builders of America; Wynn Las Vegas; Wynn Resorts; MGM International, Nevada Power Company-NV Energy; Phil Ruffin; Craig Estey [C&E]
Growth and Opportunity PAC = another facet of Paul Anderson’s political operations. Among the donors we find: Coeur Mining Inc. PAC; McDonald Carano Wilson LLC; James Oscarson for Assembly; Lars Ejemo; Century Link; Citizens for Justice, Trust; Republican State Leadership Committee; Woodbury for Assembly; Committee to Elect Artemus Ham; Committee to Elect Keith Pickard; and the Committee to Elect Paul Anderson, and the Station Casino Red Rock Resort Spa. [C&E]
The previous C&E report for the Growth and Opportunity PAC shows contributions from: Committee to Elect Paul Anderson; Wynn Resorts; Affinity Gaming; Sunrise Healthcare Systems Good Government PAC; LVPPAM Inc; Nevada Bankers Association; Association of Gaming Equipment Manufacturers; NV Energy; Prime Healthcare Services- Reno; Derek Armstrong for NV Assembly; Nevada Federation for Children ATC (school privatization advocates with ties to ALEC), Nevada Home Builders Assoc PAC; Committee to Elect Artemus Ham; Committee to Elect Keith Pickard; M H Sloan; Station Casinos; Southwest Gas; Golden Entertainment; Wynn Las Vegas; MGM Resorts; Melissa Woodbury for Assembly; GOPAC Election Fund; Zuffa, Inc. Caesar’s Enterprise Services LLC; Hollard and Hart; and Creekside Investment. [C&E]
The Nevada Jobs Coalition report submitted by Chrissie Hastie on May 24, 2016 shows “contributions in excess of $1,000 totaling $182,400.00. [C&E] And, they are perfectly willing to allocate these monetary resources to various and sundry attack ads, candidate promotion; and general politicking to the tune of $137,541.21 worth of expenses. [C&E]
The Nevada Jobs Coalition is nicely named but inherently disingenuous – it’s not really ‘jobs’ they are interested in – not new jobs in the solar industry, or new jobs in infrastructure. The coalition is a classic blend of real estate development and construction interests, bankers, and major resort operators. It’s not “your bottom” they are primarily interested in, it’s their bottom line.