Nevada GOP Chairman Mark Amodei, the Republican candidate for the special election to fill the seat vacated by former Rep. Dean Heller (R-NV), who now serves in the Senate, has received a great deal of press for some of his votes from his time serving in the state legislature. But Amodei’s day job, as an official with a lobbying group for retail companies in the state, might deserve more scrutiny.
Amodei currently works for the Retail Association of Nevada (RAN), a trade group representing big box retailers like Wal-Mart as well as companies like Family Care Home Health & Hospice. On behalf of their business members, the RAN has lobbied to push a number of radical bills in Carson City:
— Amodei’s RAN supports eliminating the state minimum wage. According to the RAN’s legislative website, the lobby group has supported a bill by Assemblyman Joe Hardy (R) that would “amend the Nevada Constitution to repeal the constitutional provision requiring the payment of a minimum wage.” The bill did not pass this session. The bill would have moved Nevada back from paying a $8.25 minimum wage to the federal minimum of $7.25.
— Amodei’s RAN opposes a bill to require a prescription for some cold medicines, an effort to curb meth use in the state. According to RAN’s legislative website, the lobby group opposed a bill by State Senator Sheila Leslie (D) that “revises provisions relating to the classification and dispensing of certain precursors to methamphetamine.” RAN is supported by drug store companies, and fought the bill, which died in the legislature.
According to disclosures reviewed by ThinkProgress, Amodei currently receives a $96,000 retainer from the RAN lobby group. Surprisingly, Amodei makes no mention of his RAN job on his campaign website.