FBI Investigating Vegas Councilwoman for Trump-Related Campaign Fraud
Federal authorities are investigating the campaign finances of a right-wing Las Vegas City Councilwoman with ties to a local militia.
FBI agents showed up last week at City Hall, where they openly questioned council members and others as part of an investigation into Michele Fiore, a Republican former state lawmaker who was accused last year of using city resources to campaign for Donald Trump’s re-election. Agents also executed a search warrant in January at Fiore’s home in northwest Las Vegas, where a neighbor said they seized a box of paperwork.
The office visit was confirmed to local Las Vegas new media by City Councilwoman Victoria Seaman, who had been a close ally before a falling out with Fiore. She declined further comment, but other sources told reporters that FBI agents were investigating the councilwoman’s campaign finance, although their focus is not clear. As a matter of policy, the FBI can’t confirm or deny investigations.
A complaint was filed in July 2020 about Fiore’s campaign activity for Trump, and she survived a recall effort but stepped down in June 2020 as mayor pro tem over racist remarks she made at a Clark County Republican Party event. Fiore, who is Nevada’s national GOP committeewoman, continued to express her support for the former president in the days after the January 6th insurrection in both statements and wardrobe.
A spokesperson for Las Vegas City Councilwoman Victoria Seaman confirms to 13 action news that the FBI was at city hall last week regarding Councilwoman Michele Fiore.https://t.co/sOQ1n4nvIj
— KTNV 13 Action News (@KTNV) July 13, 2021
“I surely embrace President Trump,” Fiore said two days later at the Republican National Committee’s winter meeting, where she wore a vest with Trump’s name on it. “History will remember President Trump as our greatest, as one of our greatest presidents,” she said on Inauguration Day.
Her spending practices have frequently pushed the boundaries of Nevada’s campaign finance laws, the Review-Journal reported, with records showing nearly $200,000 going toward gasoline, Uber rides, travel, restaurant and grocery store tabs, furniture and her own businesses.
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— Sarah Ashton-Cirillo (@SarahAshtonLV) July 13, 2021
Fiore told the newspaper her Future for Nevadans PAC primarily pays for “constituent services.” She also transferred $140,000 in campaign and PAC money to her own consulting firm, Politically Off The Wall, and another $10,000 into her political magazine, Truth in Politics. Fiore also reportedly failed to report at least $91,000 in tax liens related to a house in Colorado. Her spending practices have frequently pushed the boundaries of Nevada’s campaign finance laws, with records showing nearly $200,000 going toward gasoline, Uber rides, travel, restaurant and grocery store tabs, furniture, and her own businesses.
And if her finances weren’t problematic enough, Fiore, who has hinted she will run for Las Vegas mayor, played a key role in helping to wind down the 2016 occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge she had supported. Fiore maintains ties to white supremacist Ammon Bundy, who recently announced his candidacy for governor of Idaho.
— The Oregonian (@Oregonian) July 2, 2021