UNETHICAL MANAGEMENT OF 1 OCT. VICTIM’S FUND:
Less than 24-hours after the mass shooting on October 1, 2017 that left 58 dead and
over 500 wounded, Steve Sisolak created a Go Fund Me account under his own
name. The first words of the information listed on the page didn’t refer to what
happened or the victim’s—it was about him.
“I'm Steve Sisolak...” it began (see https://www.gofundme.com/f/dr2ks2-las-vegas-
victims-fund). He knew that the entire world would see his name first and he would
brand himself instead of the victim’s as the face of 1 October. He would use that
branding opportunity to get himself elected.
This is consistent with his constant appearance in the background of press conferences
with his accomplice, Sheriff Joseph Lombardo. His name and face were always there,
even though he never really had anything to do with speaking at the press conferences.
October 1 was a tragedy for the citizens of Las Vegas; it was an opportunity for Steve
Sisolak to gain an advantage over his shoe-in opponent, Attorney General, Adam Laxalt.
So what exactly happened to all the money people donated to the victims of 1
Transparency is an essential element in the effort to create public trust in our
elected officials. In the early days following the 1 October mass shooting, Sisolak
made promises to this community to be transparent about how the money people
from around the world donated to the victims (not him) would be handled. He
promised this community and those that gave their hard earned money to support
those affected by that tragedy.
There were 2 promises made publicly by Steve Sisolak:
1. He promised that 100% of the funds donated to the victims of 1 October
would go to the victims.
2. He promised that there would be a full and complete, independent audit of
how those funds were used.
According the official 1 October Victim’s Fund website (now taken down), an
independent audit would commence on April 30, 2018. The second line on the
home page boasts: “100% of contributions will be paid directly to families and
survivors of 1 October tragedy”.
That never happened.
Fortunately, we archived the website and we are able to see what was promised to
It has been 2 years to the date and instead of fulfilling his promise to be completely
transparent about the use of these donations, Sisolak deleted the page entirely and created
an entirely new website—with no further mention of the independent audit.
The issue with this is that there is no way to verify that the funds (given in the name of
Sisolak himself) were actually used for the victims. Making a promise isn’t good
enough. As the public, we trust but verify. Are we supposed to just believe you? Does
he think that broken promises over disclosing how he used these funds will be forgotten?
Because he broke that promise and failed to disclose how the funds were used, how can
we verify that 100% of the funds actually went to the victims as he promised? In fact, we
see evidence all over that this was likely not the case. The funds were used for a number
of other unrelated purposes. Much of it also made its way into his campaign by way of
R&R Partners (the private advertising agency Sisolak later put in charge of the fund).
The Las Vegas Victim’s Fund took in a reported $31,400,000 in donations from over
90,000 individuals and corporations. The number of claimants from the mass shooting
was 532. If 100% of the monies were donated to the victims, that would mean that each
of the 532 claimants would receive $59,022 (some more, some less).
Unofficially, Sisolak is claiming that over 50% of the $31.4 million ($15,950,000) went
to the families of the 58 victims who were killed (again, show us the independent audit).
That means that the remaining 474 victims would share a pool of $15,450,000 ($26,916
each). However, many victims are questioning where the money went because the
information going around about who got paid what is extremely confusing—all the more
reason it is essential that the victims and the public have answers as to how Sisolak
managed that money. Publishing how it was spent will allow the victims who were supposedly pay to verify and confirm if that is true. As of now, they all have no way to know and they deserve to!
If we can’t trust him to be honest about what he did with all the money people donated
for the victims of 1 October, how can we trust him to be honest with our taxpayer
dollars? The answer is: we can’t. That is one of the major reasons why he must be recalled immediately.