The Big Selloutski 2018-03-21T15:02:15+00:00

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.

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.”

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 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…

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!

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.”

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.”

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!

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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.”