Fiore files amended finance reports following complaint, but discrepancies remain – The Nevada Independent

Republican state treasurer candidate and Las Vegas City Council member Michele Fiore filed amended campaign finance documents on Tuesday that acknowledged her involvement in a previously undisclosed business and revised previously reported campaign donations that would have exceeded the state’s $10,000 maximum contribution limit.

Her updated financial disclosure statement now discloses Fiore’s involvement in “Black & White, Justice For All, LLC,” a limited liability company registered to Fiore and former Las Vegas City councilman Ricki Barlow, who resigned after misusing campaign funds in 2018. Candidates in Nevada must disclose their involvement with any business entity.

The updated financial documents also removed three contributions alleged to be possible straw donors in a complaint filed last month by Fiore’s opponent, incumbent Treasurer Zach Conine.

It is unclear why the three contributors were removed from the report, which covers all of Fiore’s contributions and expenses for 2021. Her campaign did not respond to an email requesting more details about the changes within the amended report.

The amended campaign finance report lists the same dollar amount for expenses and cash on hand as the original report but shows a reduction of $25,000 in donations over $100 and an almost $26,000 difference from the previous report in contributions under $100.

The amended report also added new expenses, including more than $33,000 Fiore paid to herself, almost $26,600 she paid to her daughter, $3,500 paid to Capital One credit card company, and almost $18,000 paid to 12 individuals with the same address as Fiore, six of whom received payments for staff expenses, while the remaining payments were listed as expenses related to consultants, office expenses and travel.

Nevada campaign finance law limits candidates to a maximum of $10,000 in contributions — $5,000 for the primary and $5,000 for the general election — from any single person or entity per two-year election cycle.

The amended Fiore report filed still showed two $10,000 donations from Sherly Cordero, a Blue Marble Development executive — donations that Conine’s campaign previously flagged for exceeding the state’s donation limit. A $10,000 donation from Las Vegas-based home-building company American West Development chairman Lawrence Canarelli also remained on the amended report, bringing his campaign donations to $17,500 across 2021 and 2022.

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