NEVADA: Did Jon Porter Break the Law?
UPDATE (10.25.06): Porter won't release phone log records.
Rep. Jon Porter, R-Nev., made dozens of campaign fundraising phone calls
last spring from his district and Washington, D.C., offices, according to
a former Porter staffer and e-mails obtained by the Sun.
The former staffer, Jim Shepard, a 10-year veteran of Capitol Hill who worked
briefly for Porter this year, said he witnessed Porter making the calls on
at least five different dates last spring. Such calls would violate federal
election laws and House ethics rules.
Porter's top congressional aide strongly denied that the congressman made
During some of those calls, Shepard said he took notes while sitting directly
across from Porter at his desk in his Henderson and Washington offices. Porter
used call sheets provided by his campaign, Shepard said. The call sheets included
specific “asks” – amounts of money that Porter would request the
potential donor to contribute, Shepard said. While the calls were being made,
Shepard would sometimes e-mail Porter's campaign staff to inform them of specific
amounts of money donors had committed to give.
“I was shocked and appalled at Porter's blatant disregard of the law,”
said Shepard, who before working for Porter served on the staffs of Sen. Jon
Ensign, R-Nev., and Sen. David Durenberger, R-Minn. … …
The other trouble is that Porter is a rubber stamp Republican.
There's enough time and the momentum is towards Hafen. She's within 4 points. Winning this seat would