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Nevada politics:

Secretary of state calls GOP suit a political ‘smear’ to derail bills


Cathleen Allison / AP

Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller testifies at the Legislative Building in Carson City, Nev., on Thursday, March 14, 2013. Miller is urging lawmakers to support a bill that would update the state’s polling books to include electronic voter photos. (AP Photo/Cathleen Allison)

Secretary of State Ross Miller said a GOP lawsuit to force him to turn over his records is a “political smear” aimed at derailing legislative bills to make campaign financing more transparent.

Miller said he has disclosed everything on his financial reports dating to 2007 and said he probably had done more than required by law.

He commented Thursday on the district court suit filed by the State Government Leadership Foundation that says Miller’s office has refused to turn over records involving his cellphone, travel and other items.

The leadership foundation is an affiliate of the Republican State Leadership Committee. It is interested in $5,390 in gifts for Miller attending a conference in California and other benefits he has received.

Those items “are available on my website” and include any item of value over $200, he said.

“It’s ironic that a dark-money group …a shadowy, out-of-state organization like this (that) refuses to disclose its dollars is attacking me,” he said.

He said his office is copying 5,000 pages of records at a cost of $3,000 to give them to the organization that alleges Miller is trying to hide his assets and gifts.

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