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Incline’s Spees claims Amodei violated ethics rules (updated)

Nevada Appeal

Kristen Spees, of Incline Village, is challenging Mark Amodei.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following statement serves as an update to this story:

On its website, nevadaappeal.com, a link from a banner ad incorrectly directed users to Congressman Mark Amodei's congressional site during this past weekend. The link, according to instructions from Amodei's office, should have taken visitors to Amodei's campaign site, amodeifornevada.com.

The Nevada Appeal is solely responsible for the error.

In a press release, Kristen Spees, who is challenging Amodei to represent Nevada's Second Congressional District in the current election, says she submitted the link as evidence of rules violation to the Office of Congressional Ethics.

Amodei's office brought the error to the attention of the Nevada Appeal Monday morning and the link was corrected.

The Nevada Appeal regrets and apologizes for the error.

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— Mark Raymond is Publisher of the Nevada Appeal and General Manager of the Sierra Nevada Media Group.

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INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The Democratic candidate for Rep. Mark Amodei's seat is claiming the congressman violated House ethics rules by linking his advertisements to his official Congressional website.

Incline Village resident Kristen Spees filed the complaint on Tuesday with the Office of Congressional Ethics after spotting a banner ad on the Nevada Appeal newspaper's website on Saturday morning.

"When I clicked on said 'Amodei for Nevada' advertisement, I was forwarded to the congressman's official Congressional website, amodei.house.gov," Spees said in a statement.

Spees said this is in violation of House Ethics rules set in 2008, which say the official site may not be directly linked or refer to websites created or operated by a campaign.

An email was sent to Amodei's office Wednesday morning for a response to the accusation.

Spees is an Incline Village attorney who, along with Independent American Janine Hansen, is challenging Amodei for his seat.

Amodei won a 2011 special election to replace Dean Heller, who was appointed to replace Sen. John Ensign. Amodei defeated opponent Kate Marshal in the predominantly Republican Second Congressional District.

As of close of voter registration on Oct. 14, there were 149,826 active Republicans to 111,975 Democrats and 62,933 nonpartisans in the district. The largest third party, Hansen's Independent Americans, has 18,208 registered voters in the district.

Douglas County has the second highest number of Republicans in the district, with 15,491, according to the Nevada Secretary of State's Office.