Clark County GOP enters legal fund debate

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LAS VEGAS (AP) - The Clark County Republican Party on Saturday
came to the defense of embattled Gov. Jim Gibbons, capping a week
of legal and ethical questions about the governor's recently
disclosed legal defense trust fund.
Clark County Republican Party Chairman John Hambrick said he
believes Secretary of State Ross Miller acted "unprofessionally"
when Miller requested details about the fund in a letter that was
released to the media Wednesday.
Hambrick filed an information request seeking any similar
letters Miller may have written to other office holders.
Miller could not be reached for comment.
Gibbons' fund was established in November to let him raise money
to pay for legal expenses arise out of questions about his dealing
with a defense contractor and an incident with a Las Vegas cocktail
Although Gibbons was a congressman at the time the trust was
established, he did not seek U-S House ethics committee approval,
as required by House rules.
Gibbons did not disclose information about his legal fund until
Tuesday, four days after members of the media learned of its
existence and requested disclosure.

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