ADLF Files Complaint Requesting Investigation Into Dean Heller’s Unlicensed Hay Farm
The American Democracy Legal Fund (ADLF) has filed a complaint with the Nevada Secretary of State requesting an investigation into Sen. Dean Heller operating his hay farm without a business license for more than six years. Heller could owe up to $10,000 in fines for failing to follow the law.
The Reno Gazette Journal first reported on Heller’s unlicensed million-dollar farm earlier this month. Heller — who oversaw the state’s business filings himself for more than a decade when he was Nevada’s Secretary of State from 1995 to 2007 — applied for a business license for his farm the day the Gazette Journal started asking questions about it.
Before that, he ran the farm for years without a license and without filing for an exemption. Heller told the Gazette Journal his farm “never turned a profit” but he’s reported more than $200,000 in income from the farm between 2011 and 2016.
“Sen. Dean Heller runs a multi-million dollar business that by his own admission wasn’t licensed for years,” said ADLF’s Brad Woodhouse. “Nevadans deserve to know if their senator has been cheating the system, and Senator Heller needs to pay the fines he owes for breaking the law he helped enforce on others for a decade.”
Read the full complaint here.