AG candidate Miller launches ad to counter ‘dark money’ group

Democrat Ross Miller, who is running for Nevada attorney general, on Thursday launched a TV ad attacking a “dark money” group that’s running commercials slamming him for accepting $60,000 in gifts to attend UFC fights, shows on the Strip and a Beverly Hills conference.

“This group you’ve never heard of wants to choose Nevada’s attorney general, using secret money, evading the law to attack Ross Miller,” says the narrator of the 30-second spot.

The ad then focuses on Miller, who is in his second term as secretary of state and is a former prosecutor.

“Police officers across Nevada endorse Miller because Miller’s prosecuted murderers and violent criminals, cracked down on fraud,” the ad says. “Dark money attacks can’t change this fact: Nevada cops trust Ross Miller for attorney general.”

The Miller ad began running in Reno on Thursday and his campaign plans to spend $50,000.

The Miller spot is in response to an ad and Web campaign launched in early March by the State Government Leadership Foundation, which said it planned to spend up to $500,000. The foundation ads are only running on Fox News and ESPN in Las Vegas, according to Miller’s campaign.

The foundation ad doesn’t mention Miller’s main Republican opponent, Las Vegas attorney Adam Laxalt, and doesn’t come right out and ask voters not to back Miller. As a result, the foundation argues it is not expressly advocating for any candidate and so it is following Internal Revenue Service rules that allow the foundation to keep secret its donors.

The foundation ad uses photos Miller had posted on social media sites over the years, showing him partying with celebrities at various events, including fundraisers for his campaign.

“Fancy parties, exclusive sporting events. Posing with celebrities — even Playmates,” the 30-second ad says, showing photos of Miller with boxer Mike Tyson and Las Vegas entertainer Holly Madison, a former girlfriend of Playboy publisher Hugh Hefner. “Ah, one can dream, but for politician Ross Miller it’s reality.”

You can see the foundation ad below, or at this address:

Contact Laura Myers at or 702-387-2919. Follow her on Twitter: @lmyerslvrj.

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