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SISOLAK USED 1 OCTOBER VICTIM'S
FUND TO GET ELECTED
The Case Against Governor Sisolak
UNETHICAL MANAGEMENT OF 1 OCT. VICTIM’S FUND: Less than 24-hours after the mass shooting on October 1, 2017 that left 58 dead and over 500 wounded, Steve Sisolak created a Go Fund Me account under his own name. The first words of the information listed on the page didn’t refer to what happened or the victims— it was all about him.
“I'm Steve Sisolak...” it began (The fund previously located at https://www.gofundme.com/f/dr2ks2-las-vegas-victims-fund has been removed). He knew that the entire world would see his name first and he would brand himself instead of the victim’s as the face of 1 October. He would use that branding opportunity to get himself elected.
This is consistent with his constant appearance in the background of press conferences with his accomplice, Sheriff Joseph Lombardo. His name and face were always there, even though he never really had anything to do with speaking at the press conferences.
October 1 was a tragedy for the citizens of Las Vegas; it was an opportunity for Steve Sisolak to gain an advantage over his shoo-in opponent, Attorney General, Adam Laxalt. So what exactly happened to all the money people donated to the victims of 1 October?
Transparency is an essential element in the effort to create public trust in our elected officials. In the early days following the 1 October mass shooting, Sisolak made promises to this community to be transparent about how the money people from around the world donated to the victims (not him) would be handled. He promised this community and those that gave their hard-earned money to support those affected by that tragedy.
There were 2 promises made publicly by Steve Sisolak:
1. He promised that 100% of the funds donated to the victims of 1 October would go to the victims.
2. He promised that there would be a full and complete, independent audit of how those funds were used.
According to the official 1 October Victim’s Fund website (now taken down), an independent audit would commence on April 30, 2018. The second line on the home page boasts: “100% of contributions will be paid directly to families and survivors of 1 October tragedy”.
That never happened.
Fortunately, we archived the website and we are able to see what was promised to the public.
It has been nearly 3 years to that date and instead of fulfilling his promise to be completely transparent about the use of these donations, Sisolak deleted the page entirely and created an entirely new website—with no further mention of the independent audit. The issue with this is that there is no way to verify that the funds (given in the name of Sisolak himself) were actually used for the victims. Making a promise isn’t good enough. As the public, we trust but verify. Are we supposed to just believe you? Does he think that broken promises over disclosing how he used these funds will be forgotten? Because he broke that promise and failed to disclose how the funds were used, how can we verify that 100% of the funds actually went to the victims as he promised?
In fact, we see evidence all over that this was likely not the case. The funds were used for a number of other unrelated purposes. Much of it also made its way into his campaign by way of R&R Partners (the private advertising agency Sisolak later put in charge of the fund). The Las Vegas Victim’s Fund took in a reported $31,400,000 in donations from over 90,000 individuals and corporations. The number of claimants from the mass shooting was 532. If 100% of the monies were donated to the victims, that would mean that each of the 532 claimants would receive $59,022 (some more, some less).
Unofficially, Sisolak is claiming that over 50% of the $31.4 million ($15,950,000) went to the families of the 58 victims who were killed (again, show us the independent audit). That means that the remaining 474 victims would share a pool of $15,450,000 ($26,916 each). However, many victims are questioning where the money went because the information going around about who got paid what is extremely confusing—all the more reason it is essential that the victims and the public have answers as to how Sisolak managed that money. Publishing how it was spent will allow the victims who were supposedly paid to verify and confirm if that is true. As of now, they all have no way to know and they deserve to!
If we can’t trust him to be honest about what he did with all the money people donated for the victims of 1 October, how can we trust him to be honest with our taxpayer dollars? The answer is: we can’t. That is one of the major reasons why he must be recalled immediately. Get Involved Today!