Nevada Democrats to file FEC complaint against Lowden for bus donation

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This Is Reno has received a media advisory from the Nevada State Democratic Party that it will file a Federal Elections Commission complaint today against GOP Senate candidate Sue Lowden alleging she accepted an illegal donation of a luxury campaign bus, a felony punishable with five years in jail and up to $1 million in fines.

Lowden says in a clip from KOLO-TV that the 40-foot luxury campaign bus was “donated” to her:

The Democrats say Lowden’s signature is on the registration and the title of the bus and that accepting the RV as a gift is a criminal violation of federal campaign finance laws, falling into the most serious category of violation that exists under the statute. An illegal donation of over $25,000 is a felony, punishable by up to five years in jail and a fine of 10 times the amount of the donation.

“Sue Lowden owns this bus,” said Bradley Schrager, an attorney for the Nevada State Democratic Party. “Nevada law specifically states that an owner of a motor vehicle is a person who holds the legal title of a vehicle and whose name appears on the certificate of title. The ‘lease’ with Mr. Giudici is irrelevant and, frankly, pointless. She is ‘leasing’ a vehicle she already owns. The lease language does not in any way affect Nevada’s determination of who owns this vehicle—Sue Lowden.”

The complaint will be filed today with the Federal Elections Commission in Las Vegas.

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