Campaign 2010

Jun 08, 2010

Joe Heck’s Record of Self-Service and Lining His Own Pockets

Republicans in Nevada’s 3rd district this evening nominated Joe Heck, a state Senator well-versed in using his position to help himself and his bottom line.  Heck used his time in the state Senate to guarantee his consulting firm multiple government contracts funded with taxpayer dollars.

"After using his position in the state Senate to shore up taxpayer funded contracts for his consulting firm, it’s clear that Joe Heck is little more than a self-serving politician looking out for his bottom line," said Andy Stone, Western Regional Press Secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. "In these tough times, Nevadans are looking for someone who will fight to create jobs and turn the economy around, not a politician looking to line his own pockets."

Background:

  • In 2005, Heck sponsored, advocated, and voted for a bill that transferred regulatory authority over pre-hospital care treatment and transport of patients with trauma from the State Board of Health to the Clark County Health District. [SB 120, Senate Journal page 342, 3/28/05]
    • Since 1993, Heck has been a contract consultant to the Southern Nevada/Clark County Health District. [Southern Nevada Health District Contracts, accessed 1/10/10]
  • In 2005, Heck sponsored a bill that imposed a $25 additional surcharge on traffic violations that required emergency medical services to be dispatched to the scene of the collision. Money from the surcharge was distributed proportionally between the entities that had oversight of emergency medical services in each county. In Clark County, the Clark County Health District had jurisdiction over emergency medical services. [SB 124, Senate Journal page 1078, 4/26/05]   
    • Since 1993, Heck has been a contract consultant to the Southern Nevada/Clark County Health District. [Southern Nevada Health District Contracts, accessed 1/10/10]
    • Heck disclosed that due to his contractual relationship with the Clark County Health District the Legislative Counsel advised him that he should neither advocate for the passage nor vote on the bill. [Senate Committee on Transportation and Homeland Security, Exhibit R, 4/07/05; Letter to the Legislative Counsel Bureau, 3/07/05]
    • However Heck twice voted for the bill’s passage in committee. [Senate Committee on Transportation and Homeland Security, 4/12/05, 4/13/05]