Nevada Governor Starts New Defense Fund

If Gov. Jim Gibbons (R-NV) does as well accumulating donations as he has investigations, he’ll be all right.

According to the Las Vegas Sun Gibbons has started a new legal fund to help cover the cost of defending himself against quite an array of accusations.

The document Gibbons filed with the Nevada Secretary of State says the money he’ll raise will go to paying his lawyers defending him against:

FBI/Grand Jury investigation into alleged dealings with Warren Trepp and eTreppid Technologies all allegations that Jim Gibbons helped secure defense contracts in exchange for gifts and money.

The ongoing litigation captioned eTreppid Technologies, Inc., Plaintiff, vs. Dennis Montgomery, et al., pending in the United States District Court for the District of Nevada.

Investigation regarding Jim Gibbons’ relationship with Sierra Nevada Corporation and the report that Sierra Nevada Corporation hired the First Lady as a consultant and paide her $35,000 at the same time that Jim Gibbons helped the company get funding fora no-bid federal contract.

Investigation into Jim Gibbons alleged assault of Chrissy Mazzeo.

Investigation into an allegation that Jim Gibbons employed Martha Patricia Sandoval, an alleged illegal immigrant, as a nanny.

So far, Gibbons is the only contributor, but an earlier fund raised close to $200,000 for his defense. That pot of legal cash raised some controversy and prompted the state legislature to pass new legislation limiting contributions to $10,000 per donor. Gibbons also had to wait until 30 days after the end of the legislative period to start his new fundraiser.