THE BIG SELLOUTSKI
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.
Then 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.
It’s good ta be a sellout!
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.
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.”
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.”
For just his GOP primary race in 2016, Oscarson raised a whopping $159,484.66!!!
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…
Hang on, there’s more…
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!
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 in 2016 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.”
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.”
UPDATE: November, 2017
After his re-election in November 2016, The Big Selloutski received an additional $35,328.50 from a variety of special interests leading into the 2017 legislative session…bringing his total election cycle haul for this small state legislative race to…$293,872.46.
For James Oscarson, selling out is a 24/7/365 business!
What They’re Saying: Bob Zmuda, Writer/Producer
“I’ve known Dennis for almost 40 years and he’s one of my and the late Andy Kaufman’s best friends. While I appreciate that some people may object to his business, the fact is it’s legal and safe. It also empowers the women who chose to work there to control their own lives and destinies. Dennis is also one of the kindest, most generous men I’ve had the pleasure to know in celebrity circles.” (Mr. Zmuda is the founder of Comic Relief and producer of “Man in the Moon”)
What They’re Saying: Grover Norquist, Americans for Tax Reform
“Raising taxes is what weak politicians do instead of the hard work of making tough spending choices. Assemblyman Oscarson took the easy way out and voted for the largest tax hike in Nevada history last year. His opponent, Dennis Hof, has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge and will keep his word to the voters he represents. This choice is a no-brainer.”
What They’re Saying: Assemblyman Ed Goedhart (ret.)
“As the former representative of District 36, I couldn’t be more disappointed in my successor. By voting for the largest tax hike in Nevada history, James Oscarson broke his word and sold out his constituents for thirty pieces of silver. So I wholeheartedly endorse Dennis Hof for this seat in 2016.”
What They’re Saying: James Smack, former Nevada Republican National Committeeman
“As the former Republican National Committeeman for Nevada, I am pleased and honored to endorse the only true conservative in the race for Assembly District 36. That person is Dennis Hof. Assembly District 36 is blessed to have a businessman and community leader like Dennis Hof willing to stand up, self-fund his own campaign, and go up against one of the poster boys for all the special interest groups in Nevada. I trust Dennis Hof to hold the line on taxes and regulations, and be the kind of leader we need in Carson City. I wholeheartedly support Dennis Hof for the State Assembly.”
What They’re Saying: Nevada State Assemblywoman Michele Fiore
“I’ve served two terms with James Oscarson. He’s the pits. He’s a hand-maiden of the governor and bought-and-paid-for ‘yes man’ for lobbyists and special interests. We need more successful, independent businessmen in the Nevada Legislature. That’s why I’m supporting Dennis Hof one thousand percent!”
What They’re Saying: Nevada State Assemblyman John Moore
“To work effectively with your colleagues in Carson City, you need to be able to trust that if they give their word they’re going to honor their word. That was not my experience with Assemblyman Oscarson last year. We thought we had his support in opposing the big tax hike, but in the end he flipped on us. I’ll never take anything he tells me at face value again.”
Geoffrey Lawrence, former Deputy Policy Director, Nevada Policy Research Institute
“Dennis Hof is the last, best hope for taxpayers in Assembly District 36. The incumbent betrayed the voters and pushed through the largest, most punitive tax in Nevada history just months after 80 percent of Nevada voters said no to this kind of tax. Dennis is committed to reversing that atrocity, pursuing legitimate education reform, and re-establishing Nevada as the best place in the world to live and do business.”
What They’re Saying: Jim Marsh, Businessman
“As the longtime owner of several businesses in southern Nevada – including the Longstreet Inn and Casino in Amargosa Valley – I know a successful entrepreneur when I see one. And Dennis Hof is just that. He owns dozens of successful tax revenue-producing operations and fully understands the undue burdens government too often puts on the shoulders of the true job creators in our state. We need more like him in the Legislature.”
What They’re Saying: Bill Carns, former Nye County GOP Chairman
“Having grown up in and around conservative politics and having served four years as chairman of the Nye County Republican Party, smack in the heart of District 36, I can say our current Assemblyman has lost his way with his constituents while finding his way to the Special Interests. District 36 needs a change back to our conservative roots and Dennis Hof is the candidate who can deliver it.”
What They’re Saying: Nye County Republican Party
“Assemblyman James Oscarson no longer (has) the support of the Nye County Republican Central Committee…(and) the Nye County Republican Central Committee encourages Republicans in Nye County and throughout Nevada to withhold any future support from James Oscarson in any future elections.”
What They’re Saying: George Harris, former Clark GOP chairman & Nevada GOP finance chairman
“In more than 30 years as a Republican Party leader, I’ve learned one thing the hard way: Just because you have an ‘R’ after your name doesn’t make you a good guy, let alone a good conservative. Indeed, after James Oscarson double-crossed us on the margins tax last year, I have to say those strung-out meth-heads on street corners promising they’ll ‘Work for Food’ are more believable than one of his campaign promises.”
What They’re Saying: Pat Weatherman, Businessman
“I am 74 years old and have been in Nevada since 1963. I really pay attention to politics and have never missed an election. I’m a business owner with a goat ranch in rural Nevada, while most of Las Vegas and Reno voters are wage earners. We share nothing in common, and each year I feel abused by politicians like Assemblyman James Oscarson. I’m supporting Dennis Hof!”
What They’re Saying: Tucker Carlson, FOX News, MSNBC, The Daily Caller
“Dennis is a thoroughly charming guy – one of the great American salesmen, a consummate showman. While I’m not sure I support the business 100 percent, he is a totally self-made guy – something I really respect.”
What They’re Saying: Judy Gloria, Former Hof Bookeeper
“I worked for Dennis for almost twenty years – first doing his banking and then booking his travel. I still hear from him on my birthdays and on Christmas. He always sends me a card and a generous check. How many bosses do that? How many former bosses?”
What They’re Saying: Tina Trenner
“While running against James Oscarson in the Assembly District 36 GOP primary, I found people distrusted and disliked him. People resent his lack of integrity. Dennis Hof appears to be very concerned about taxes and individual freedoms, so I support him over a man who is historically and obviously not trustworthy.”