The Big Selloutski

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THE BIG SELLOUTSKI

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When he’s campaigning and talking to regular folks in the district, Assemblyman James Oscarson portrays himself as a “man of the people.”

Indeed, here’s what we were told in the press release announcing his candidacy for District 36 in 2012…

“Oscarson’s devotion to southern Nevada will give rural residents a renewed voice in Carson City.”

And on his campaign website in 2012, he declared…

 “I am the candidate to make your voice heard in Carson City.”

He further assured us that…

“My primary job is to listen to the constituents in District 36 and act as their advocate on their behalf.”

In his primary race that year, Oscarson raised $24,344.41.

Of that, seven donations of $1,000 or more were made.

a.hof10Then he got to Carson City.

And promptly sold us out!

After promising he would oppose tax hikes, Oscarson betrayed us by voting with Gov. Brian Sandoval and the Carson City special interests lobbyists for the $600+ million “sunset” tax hike.

And was rewarded quite handsomely…

For his 2014 re-election primary campaign – in which he ran unopposed – Oscarson nevertheless raised $28,110.99.

Of that, he received 12 contributions of $1,000 or more – with the largest single donation being $5,000 from Barrick Gold.

He was showered with lots of other donations of varying amounts from PACs, corporations, associations and lobbyists.

Oscarson then raised another $21,838.41 for the general election even though, once again, he didn’t have an opponent.

The largest single donation this time was $4,000 from MGM Grand, with almost every other donation again coming from PACs, corporations, associations and lobbyists in amounts of $500 or more.

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As you’ll recall, in the 2014 general election, the voters of District 36 voted overwhelmingly – more than 80 percent – against the margins tax proposal that was on the ballot.

A new tax Oscarson said he opposed.

Then came the 2015 legislative session.

Then came a new version of that margins tax (sneakily renamed the “commerce tax”).

Then came the arm-twisting and campaign promises from Gov. Sandoval.

Then came the arm-twisting and campaign promises from all those special interests and lobbyists.

And guess what?

Suddenly, Mr. Oscarson was no longer the voice for “rural residents.

Suddenly he was no longer making OUR voice heard.

Suddenly he was no longer listening to his constituents as he’d promised.

Suddenly he was no longer advocating on OUR behalf.

Instead, he sold us out.

Again!

Oscarson betrayed everyone who voted for him by voting for the largest tax hike in Nevada history, including the creation of the new “commerce tax.”

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Why did he do it?

Well, of course it’s obvious.  But Oscarson himself actually admitted to it publicly.

“The bottom line,” he told the Las Vegas Review-Journal, “is a broad and diverse group of businesses came to me and said, ‘Please do this.’”

Yes, a “broad and diverse group” of special interest PACs, corporations, associations and lobbyists!

Not a “broad and diverse group” of his constituents.

In a separate interview with the Moapa Valley Progress, Oscarson again admitted he did it because “the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce, homebuilders and even blue collar trade” associations and unions asked him to do it.

Now that one is TRULY astounding.

Not the Pahrump Valley Chamber of Commerce…

The LAS VEGAS Chamber of Commerce!

So much for being the voice of rural residents.

So much for making OUR voice heard.

So much for listening to his constituents and advocating on our behalf.

Instead, Oscarson sold us out to a bunch of deep-pocketed PACs, corporations, associations and lobbyists, thus earning the nickname, “The Big Selloutski.”

How big?

HUGE!

For just his GOP primary race this year, Oscarson raised a whopping $159,484.66!!!

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Included in that haul was a $5,000 check, the maximum contribution allowed by law, from – guess who?

The Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce!

Indeed, during his brief career in politics representing a rural district of average, down-to-earth folks, FollowTheMoney.org reports that Oscarson has raised almost a HALF-MILLION DOLLARS.

And that doesn’t even include what he’s pocketing right now for the 2016 general election!

Give Oscarson credit…

He may have sold his soul and sold his vote, but he’s no two-bit street hooker.

He’s a high-priced political prostitute!

Here’s a partial list of Oscarson’s “clients” – those who have given him $1,000 or more for his “services” during his short political career –  courtesy of Follow The Money…

EVENSTAD, MARK BRADFORD $10,000
SPRING MOUNTAIN ADVANCED DRIVING SCHOOL $10,000
SUNRISE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM $9,500
KEYSTONE CORP $9,000
BOYD GAMING $8,000
SOUTHWEST GAS $8,000
MGM GRAND $7,500
SOUTH POINT HOTEL & CASINO $7,500
LAS VEGAS METRO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE $7,500
OSCARSON, SHIRLEY $7,500
NEVADA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS $7,000
NEVADA HOME BUILDERS ASSOCIATION $6,500
MGM MIRAGE $6,000
NEVADA SUBCONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION $6,000
NEVADA MINING ASSOCIATION $5,300
NEVADA HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION $5,250
WULFENSTEIN CONSTRUCTION $5,100
TITLEMAX $5,000
SOLARCITY $5,000
MGM RESORTS $5,000
R & R ADVERTISING $5,000
BARRACK GOLD $5,000
ORLEANS HOTEL & CASINO $5,000
OSCARSON, R DON AND SHIRLEY $5,000
AT&T $4,500
CENTURYLINK $4,000
NV ENERGY $4,000
UNITED HEALTHCARE SERVICES $3,500
WYNN RESORTS $3,500
SUMMERLIN HOSPITAL MEDICAL CENTER $3,500
KAEMPFER CROWELL RENSHAW GRONAUER FLORINTNO $3,500
PAHRUMP PARTY SUPPLIES $3,388
UNITEMIZED DONATIONS $3,359
AMERIGROUP CORP $3,000
R & R PARTNERS $3,000
STATION CASINOS $3,000
BARRICK GOLD CORP $3,000
COX COMMUNICATIONS $3,000
NEVADA JUSTICE ASSOCIATION $3,000
OSCARSON, DON & SHIRLEY $3,000
WALGREEN CO $2,500
NEVADA AUTO DEALERS ASSOCIATION $2,500
SOUTHERN NEVADA HOME BUILDERS ASSOCIATION $2,500
BOULDER STATION HOTEL & CASINO $2,500
MEDNAX SERVICES $2,500
RED ROCK RESORT SPA & CASINO $2,500
CREEKSIDE INVESTMENTS $2,500
MILLER, MONTE L & SUSAN J $2,500
MILLER, MONTE L $2,500
NEW NEVADA PAC $2,500
VALLEY ELECTRIC ASSOCIATION $2,500
SWITCH $2,500
CAESARS ENTERPRISE SERVICES $2,500
VALLEY ELECTRIC ASSOCIATION INC 800 E HIGHWAY 372 $2,500
SANTE FE STATION HOTEL & CASINO $2,500
PAHRUMP VALLEY WINERY $2,500
HAFEN, TIM $2,500
NEVADA ORTHOPEDIC SOCIETY $2,466
COUNCIL OF STATE GOVERMENT $2,207
GREENBERG TRAURIG LLP $2,000
LEWIS & ROCA $2,000
CAESARS ENTERTAINMENT $2,000
DESERT SPRINGS HOSPITAL $2,000
RAN SERVICES $2,000
ASTELLAS PHARMA $2,000
FRIAS MANAGEMENT $2,000
CREEKSIDE INVESTMENTS LLC $2,000
LIFE GUARD INTERNATIONAL INC $2,000
REDROCK LEASING INC $2,000
NV REALTOR PAC $2,000
STATION CASINOS – BOULDER STATION HOTEL & CASINO $2,000
LAS VEGAS SAND CORPORATION $2,000
AGC $2,000
NEVADA FEDERATION FOR CHILDREN ATC $2,000
LICATA, PETER $1,800
ASSOCIATION GENERAL CONTRACTORS $1,750
CENTENE CORP $1,500
PFIZER $1,500
ALTRIA $1,500
NEVADA CREDIT UNION LEAGUE $1,500
ZUFFA LLC $1,500
MCMULLEN STRATEGIC GROUP $1,500
SUNRISE HOSPITAL MEDICAL CENTER $1,500
LIFE GUARD INT $1,500
HEALTHCARE PARTNERS NEVADA LLC $1,500
PEPPERMIL CASINOS $1,500
KINDLER, SANDRA $1,500
NVAHF $1,500
BIBBY JR, CHARLES KING $1,353
SIERRA AIR CONDITIONING $1,250
NORTH TONOPAH DEVELOPMENT LLC $1,250
OSAMA, HAIKAL $1,200
SHADOW MOUNTAIN CONST $1,200
ANHEUSER-BUSCH $1,000
CORRECTIONS CORP OF AMERICA $1,000
EXPRESS SCRIPTS $1,000
FARMERS GROUP INC DBA FARMERS UNDERWRITERS ASSOCIATION $1,000

 

Hang on, there’s more…

 

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CHAIN DRUG STORES $1,000
NEWMONT MINING $1,000
SEMPRA ENERGY $1,000
UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD $1,000
REPUBLICAN ASSEMBLY CAUCUS OF NEVADA $1,000
NEVADA BEER WHOLESALERS ASSOCIATION $1,000
NEVADA STATE MEDICAL ASSOCIATION $1,000
EMS MANAGEMENT $1,000
US ECOLOGY $1,000
VALLEY ELECTRIC ASSOCIATION $1,000
NEVADA STATE SOCIETY OF ANESTHESIOLOGISTS $1,000
NEVADA RESTAURANT SERVICES $1,000
SHLINCOLN $1,000
GOEDHARDT, ED $1,000
VALLEY ELECTRIC $1,000
WAHL, WILLIAM H $1,000
FRONT SIGHT MANAGEMENT INC $1,000
R & S LEASING LLC $1,000
GOOD GOVERNMENT FUND PAC $1,000
STUDENTSFIRST $1,000
RAN SERVICES INC $1,000
ORMAT NEVADA INC $1,000
DOTTYS $1,000
CREEKSIDE INVESTMENT $1,000
NV AN PATIENT SAFETY PAC $1,000
MARCHAND, ROBERT & ANN $1,000
ANDERSON DAIRY INC $1,000
COMMITTEE TO ELECT PAUL ANDERSON $1,000
NEWMONT MINING COMPANY $1,000
FARMER’S INSURANCEPAC $1,000
SO NV BUILDING & CONSTRUCTION TRADES $1,000
NEWMONT MINING CORPORATION $1,000
NEVADA POWER CO $1,000
ABRAMS EYE INSTITUTE $1,000
FARMER’S INSURANCE PAC $1,000
LOKEN, BILL & GRETCHEN $1,000

And now you know why he stopped listening to YOUR voice.

Now you know why he stopped advocating on YOUR behalf.

Now you know why he sold YOU out.

Your pockets just aren’t deep enough!

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UPDATE: October 21, 2016

New Campaign Report Reveals “The Big Selloutski” has Struck Again!

(Team Hof) – One of the more stunning differences in Nevada Assembly District 36 race this year is how each candidate is funding their campaign.

Challenger Dennis Hof is pretty much self-funding his entire race, while incumbent Assemblyman James Oscarson continues to live off the blood money of special interests.

As the Parhump Valley Times reported on October 21, “Oscarson pulled in $88,500 in contributions from 71 donors” compared to Hof, “who drew in $50,106,” with $50,000 of it coming from himself.

Oscarson claimed, presumably with a straight face, that his haul “says that people support me.”

Yeah, right.

The fact is there are almost no “people” from Assembly District 36 supporting him with their campaign cash.  Most are PACs, big corporations, lobbyists and special interests – especially Big Gaming.

Here’s a quick look at most of Mr. Selloutski’s reported donors, and where they’re located (see if you can find the one in Pahrump!), from his latest Campaign & Expense report…

  • New Nevada PAC (Las Vegas): $7,500.00*
  • Wynn Resorts (Las Vegas):  $3,500.00
  • SB Strategic Consulting (Las Vegas lobbyist): $3,500
  • Friends of PK O’Neil PAC (Carson City): $3,500.00
  • The Orleans Hotel & Casino (Las Vegas): $3,000.00
  • Citizens for Justice PAC (Carson City): $3,000.00
  • GSR Grand Casino (Reno): $2,500.00
  • MGM Grand (Las Vegas):  $2,500.00
  • Boyd Gaming (Las Vegas): $2,000.00
  • McDonald Carano Wilson (Reno/Las Vegas lobbyist): $2,000.00
  • Frias Standard Capital (Las Vegas): $2,000.00
  • Las Vegas Metro Chamber (Las Vegas):  $1,500.00
  • NACDS PAC (Arlington, VA): $1,500.00
  • Anthem Blue Cross (Cincinnati, OH): $1,500.00
  • Fiesta Rancho Casino & Hotel (Las Vegas): $1,500.00
  • Switch (Las Vegas): $1,000.00
  • Nevada Realtor PAC (Henderson): $1,000.00
  • US Ecology (Boise, ID): $1,000.00
  • Nevada Power (Las Vegas): $1,000.00
  • IUPAT PAC (Hanover, MD): $1,000.00
  • Valley Electric Assn. PAC (Pahrump): $1,000.00
  • ATT Mobility (Los Angeles, CA): $1,000.00
  • The Ferraro Group (Reno lobbyist): $1,000.00
  • Nevada Anesthesia PAC (Las Vegas): $1,000.00
  • MCNA Health Care Holdings PAC (Ft. Lauderdale, FL): $1,000.00
  • Morning in Nevada PAC (Las Vegas): $1,000.00
  • Sunrise Healtcare System PAC (Las Vegas): $1,000.00
  • Southwest Gas (Las Vegas): $1,000.00
  • ARDA ROC PAC (Washington, DC): $1,000.00
  • Caesars (Las Vegas): $1,000.00
  • Vaisman Medical Services (Las Vegas): $1,000.00
  • Kinross Gold (Toronto, Canada): $800.00
  • Mt Wheeler Power (Ely): $750.00
  • Associated General Contractors PAC (Las Vegas): $750.00
  • Southwest Gas (Las Vegas): $750.00
  • SR Construction (Las Vegas): $750.00
  • Hewlet Packard (Washington, DC): $500.00
  • Nevada Optometric PAC (Las Vegas): $500.00
  • Nevada Dental Assiciation PAC (Las Vegas): $500.00
  • Republic Dumpco (Las Vegas): $500.00
  • First Solar Development (Tempe, AZ): $500.00
  • UP Railroad (Port Clinton, OH): $500.00
  • Nevada Credit Union League (Ontario, CA): $500.00
  • Pharma PAC (Washington, DC): $500.00
  • Gaming Eguipment Manufactures (Henderson): $500.00
  • So NV Building & Construction PAC (Henderson): $500.00
  • Nevada Health PAC (Las Vegas): $500.00
  • Nevada Yellow Cab (Las Vegas): $500.00
  • Bell Trans (Las Vegas): $500.00
  • Capital Partners (Reno lobbyist): $500.00
  • Nevada Beer Association (Reno PAC): $500.00
  • Nevada Farm Bureau (Sparks): $500.00
  • NADEAC PAC (Reno): $500.00
  • Nevada Trust Companies (Reno PAC): $500.00
  • Nevada Dental Asociation PAC (Las Vegas): $500.00
  • Southwest Airlines (Dallas, TX): $250.00
  • Keith L. Lee (Reno lobbyist):  $250.00

* Just FYI, The Big Selloutski’s largest single donor this period was New Nevada PAC – which is a PAC belonging to Gov. Brian Sandoval, architect of the largest tax hike in Nevada history.

Anyone who doesn’t think that contribution was a huge “thank you” to Oscarson for his bought-and-paid-for vote for that $1.4 BILLION tax hike is in some serious denial.

If Assemblyman Oscarson’s vote on a tax hike can be bought for $7,500, how little would it cost for him to sell out your gun rights or your water rights or your parental rights?

In this election, there’s a clear choice: Re-elect a man who can be bought for 30 pieces of silver…or elect Dennis Hof, “The Man Who Couldn’t Be Bought.”