Republican files ethics complaint against Democratic lawmaker over funding vote

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Republicans are accusing a Democratic Assemblywoman of making an unethical vote that benefited her financially in the legislative session.

And now Republican activist Chuck Muth has filed an ethics complaint against one of the — Assemblywoman Michelle Gorelow.

The complaint was filed Thursday with the Nevada Commission on Ethics.

The controversy over the ARC of Nevada centers around Assembly Bill 525 (AB525), a funding bill that sent money to 56 different nonprofit organizations. A last-minute addition sent $250,000 to a new organization called Arc of Nevada.

The group says it promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Democratic Assemblywoman Tracy Brown-May is on the Arc board of directors.

Shortly after AB525 passed, Arc of Nevada hired Gorelow as executive director. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Gorelow was only the second employee of the organization.

Democratic Assemblywoman Michelle Gorelow.

However, the Legislative Counsel Bureau Attorney told 8 News Now the vote was fine because it was of interest to the general public — and the bill was not only focused on one organization.

Requests for comment sent to Gorelow, Brown-May and Arc of Nevada did not receive responses.

“While supporting nonprofits is certainly a laudable goal, using public tax dollars
to fund a politically-favored organization that almost immediately used the
funding to hire one of the legislators who voted for the funding is far more than
‘unseemly,’ ” Muth said.

Gorelow represents Assembly District 35 and Brown-May represents District 42. Both are in Clark County.

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