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Cindy Lake Files Ethics Complaints Against County Commissioner Jim Gibson
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
HENDERSON, NEVADA – Cindy Lake, Candidate for Clark County Commission District G, filed Ethics Complaints with the Nevada Secretary of State and County Commission Manager against Jim Gibson, the appointed District G Commissioner. Jim Gibson was appointed to the Commission by Governor Sandoval in July 2017 after having been retired since 2009, replacing Mary Beth Scow who stepped down on June 30, 2017. Gibson was formerly the Mayor of Henderson and is now seeking election to the Clark County Commission.
On April 3, 2018, Gibson voted AYE (Yes) with the Commission to build the Raiders football stadium, at a cost of 750 million dollars in taxpayer debt for 30 years. Jim Gibson is President of Western Elite, according to his Clark County website biography. On July 5, 2018, a press release was put out by Western Elite Vice President Scott Seastrand, announcing a contract with the upcoming Raiders Stadium to handle trash and recycling. Jim Gibson has neglected to inform his voters, the residents of Clark County, of this important conflict of interest, personally enriching himself. This is what the Ethics Complaints are based on.
Cindy Lake’s complaints claim that he is in violation of these six Nevada statutes:
NRS 281A.400(2)- Using his position in government to secure or grant unwarranted privileges, preferences, exemptions or advantages for himself, any business entity in which he has a significant pecuniary interest, or any person to whom he has a commitment in a private capacity.
NRS 281A.400(4)- Accepting any salary, retainer, augmentation, expense allowance or other compensation from any private source for himself or any person to whom he has a commitment in a private capacity for he performance of his duties as a public officer or employee.
NRS281A.400(10)- Seeking other employment or contracts for himself or any person to whom he has a commitment in a private capacity through the use of his official position.
NRS2814.420(1)- Failing to sufficiently disclose his acceptance of a gift or loan, pecuniary interest, or commitment in a private capacity to the interest of another person that is reasonably affected by an official matter.
NRS2814.420(3)- Failing to abstain from acting on an official matter which is materially affected by his acceptance of a gift or loan, pecuniary interest, or commitment in a private capacity to the interest of another person.
NRS281A.430- Negotiating, bidding on or entering into a government contract in which he has a significant pecuniary interest, (some exceptions apply).
“There isn’t a statute of limitations on honorable public service; Jim Gibson’s unethical, questionable behavior began long ago and continues to this day,” stated Cindy Lake. “It’s our responsibility as citizens to hold our representatives accountable and when I am elected I expect to be held to the same standard.”
Lake amended her complaint, adding: “Pursuant to an Ethics Complaint filed by me against James B. Gibson, it has come to my attention that Mr. Gibson also received liens by the IRS for $222,000 in 2012 for unpaid taxes from 2011 which he claims was due to ‘unpaid campaign debt’.”
In an October 8, 2018 Review Journal article, Michael Scott Davidson wrote, “Gibson said he has fully addressed personal financial issues that arose following his failed gubernatorial bid in 2006. Many donors gave him the full amount of money allowed for both the primary and general elections, so he had to return half that money when he lost the Democratic primary. And Gibson said his campaign “overspent,” so he had to liquidate many of his assets and borrow money to pay back the donors.
“In April 2012, local bank executive Selma Bartlett sued Gibson and his wife, alleging they owed her almost $763,000 in unpaid loans. The case was dismissed that June because it was settled out of court, Gibson said.
“Later that year, Gibson and his wife received two federal liens from the Internal Revenue Service for almost $222,000 in unpaid income taxes from 2011. The liens were released in early 2015, records show.”
Cindy Lake added in her letter to the Nevada Ethics Commission, “I feel I must reiterate that he never claimed any loans or debt on his financial or C and E disclosures, and his 2008 C and E shows he paid himself back hundreds of thousands of dollars.”
She continued, “The questions are, what else is he hiding (there’s an NDA on the lawsuit), are there more loans outstanding that he is not filing on his current candidate and incumbent financial and C and E reports, where did he get almost a million dollars to pay back the loans and IRS liens, and isn’t it legally required for him to have filed these loans for campaign debt on his reports?”
While running for governor in 2006, he was accused by Dina Titus of Pay to Play, voting for large donors’ projects who donated to him. She created a website, PayToPlayWithJim.com, which can be viewed via TheWaybackMachine.com.
Also, Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson has launched a criminal investigation into Henderson Constable Earl Mitchell, in Gibson’s district; Gibson wants to wait and says “We can take action when the findings are revealed.”
“These allegations against the constable are deeply troubling for both the taxpayers and the deputies he was supposed to compensate,” attorney Paul Padda told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “Anytime there is an allegation of misuse of public funds, it’s going to attract the attention of law enforcement, whether it be Metro or the FBI.”
Mike Radza, Executive Director of The Committee to Elect Cindy Lake, said, “Cindy Lake offers voters the clearest choice between the old-school politicians in it for themselves and public servants that are in it for their constituents. Cindy Lake, throughout her career, has been consistent and principled in her drive to end politics as usual and restore integrity and ethics to public service.”
A PDF of Cindy Lake’s filed complaint is available here: ETHICS COMPLAINT FILED NEVADA 092418 (1)