Las Vegas Review Journal: Nevada Supreme Court hears arguments over political flyers (In the News)

By Sean Whaley

CARSON CITY – An attorney for the conservative group Citizen Outreach told the Nevada Supreme Court on Monday that because political flyers distributed by the group criticizing a former lawmaker in 2010 did not contain the words “vote for” or “vote against,” they did not qualify as express advocacy requiring the reporting of who paid for them.

Allen Dickerson, representing the group on appeal to the court, said state law at the time the fliers were sent out, which were aimed at then-Assemblyman John Oceguera during his reelection campaign, was clear that such “magic words” were needed to trigger such disclosure.

But Deputy Attorney General Kevin Benson, representing Secretary of State Ross Miller, who sought legal action against the group for failing to disclose the donors, argued that the Legislature in 1997 did not have only a magic word requirement for political mailers.

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