American Bridge Launches First General Election Ad Against Pay-to-Play Adam Laxalt

Laxalt was secretly recorded last year pressuring a gaming regulator on behalf of one of his biggest campaign donors

Watch the ad, “Bought and Paid For,” here

Tomorrow, American Bridge will launch its first general election ad against Washington, D.C. native Adam Laxalt. The ad, called “Bought and Paid For,” details the scandal that rocked Nevada politics last year when Laxalt was caught trying to pressure a Nevada gaming regulator to help his top campaign donor, Sheldon Adelson. The regulator was so uncomfortable with Laxalt’s behavior that he secretly recorded his conversation with Laxalt and turned it over to the F.B.I..Republican Governor Brian Sandoval distanced himself from Laxalt’s behavior, and the Nevada Gaming Control Board asked Laxalt to recuse himself from the case because of his conflicts of interest. Adelson has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to Laxalt and spent millions on his behalf. His top lobbyist runs Laxalt’s campaign. Republican State Treasurer Dan Schwartz summarized it best when he said last month “If you want Governor Adelson, vote for Laxalt.”

“Pay-to-play Adam Laxalt got caught red-handed trying to strong-arm a regulator on behalf of his billionaire puppet master,” said American Bridge spokesperson Zach Hudson. “Adam Laxalt is supposed to be the Attorney General for the people of Nevada, not the personal lawyer and bumbling fixer for his top campaign donor. Laxalt’s donors may own him, but this November Nevada voters won’t let them own the Governor’s office.”

The ad begins running tomorrow on Facebook and is targeted to swing voters in Reno and Las Vegas. Watch it here.