Lacy J Dalton Pulls Nicole Barde (Guitar) Strings, Jay Carmona Takes The Bait From Switch.
The above data came from Storey County Candidate Contribution Reports contained in the latest Financial Reports filed with the Secretary of State on October 16th, 2018. The Reports can be accessed at the Nevada Secretary of State’s website. Jay Carmona’s report can be found here. Nicole Barde’s report can be found here.
Each candidate raised roughly equal contributions with Carmona raising the most in cash contributions. Barde’s in-kind contributions were $3371 of her total contributions and Carmona’s was $650. In-kind contributions are ones made by entities or individuals who are not contributing money but rather donate goods or services in lieu of cash.
Show Me The Money
The largest contributor to Carmona’s campaign was TRIC’s Switch for $2500 cash contribution. Barde’s largest contributor was Lacy J Dalton’s $1500 in-kind contribution for her performance at a fundraiser in August.
Battle Born Digital, the parent company of The Teller, contributed $921.50 in in-kind work for Barde’s campaign. Additionally, Barde’s campaign spent 1046.40 on advertising on The Teller and in print brochures.
An analysis of the contributions reveals some interesting facts. First, all Barde’s money comes from donations from individuals residing in Storey County.
Jay Carmona has taken nearly a third of his money from Las Vegas and California donors. Most telling is the single largest contribution for either candidate; $2500 from Switch. One could argue that because Switch has a facility in Storey County, they are a Storey County company. However, the vast majority of Switch’s business interests lie outside Storey County and their corporate office is in Las Vegas.
Change Of Pipeline Heart?
This may explain why Carmona opposed the use of taxes for the TRIC pipeline in 2017 but no longer does. During 2017, Carmona held townhall style meetings with Storey Teller Editor Sam Toll in the Highlands and in Lockwood. At the August 7th meeting, two weeks after receiving $2500 from Switch, he reversed his opposition to the TRIC Pipeline deal. When asked why he changed his mind, he replied “No Comment”.
Perhaps this explains his change of position.
We have included the reports below from the Secretary of State for your perusal.
After posting this article, Mr. Carmona reached out to The Teller requesting a correction. He directed me to his recently updated website where the following quote can be read about the pipeline:
Question: What’s your take on the effluent pipeline?
Answer: The effluent pipeline is needed to grow the business park to its full potential and has been in negotiations for almost 2 years now with the terms ever changing. It appears that the leadership in Storey County has made every effort to minimize the liability to the County which is obviously a good thing. We must always put Storey County first when it comes to negotiating deals. The ideal situation for the pipeline would be for those who directly benefit to be the ones paying for the project.