Saturday, May 13, 2006

(6) PALADIN ADVERTISING, GOODMAN, ORAM

WhatOram learned to do long ago was to firewall his operations from assault, that's why he has links to the police, to key politicians to protect him and when there is political dirty work to be done, he often allows others to be at the front. And that's what Paladin Advertising does for Oram, serves as a front for things like last minute unsigned mailers and other skulduggery. How interlocked are OIZ and Paladin Advertising? It's hard to tell on a business level since Paladin's owners Mike Sullivan and Jim Ferrence do act independently from OIZ on accounts. But since both Paladin and OIZshare the exact same office suite, 2290 S. Jones, any difference between the two is academic (there are intimations that Oram may have some ownership interest).





2290S. Jones, PHOTO OF OIZ AND PALADIN FRONT DOORWAY WITH BOTHLOGOS





Notsurprisingly, Oscar Goodman's campaign managers for for his critical novice mayoral racein 1999 was Paladin Advertising with consulting from Kent Oram


But Paladin has not only been involved in the shady Goodman orbit. For example"

Las Vegas Sun, December 08, 2003 CCSN report alleges political favors

....The report also looked at Cummings' expenses during the legislative session and his role in awarding CCSN's advertising contract, reportedly of $750,000, to Paladin Advertising. Cummings worked at Paladin before being hired in 2000 by CCSN.

But the affair at CCSN was a sideshow to Paladin's other incidents, apparently whenever Oram neededplausible deniability.


Agood example of this was Steve Miller's campaign against Oram's client Michael MacDonald. Michael Galardi in his April 6, 2006 testimony in the trial of Dario Herrera and Chauncey-Kincaid stated that he had delivered payoffs to MacDonald for a number of years. Steve Miller's primary campaign was disrupted at the last minute by a disgusting insinuation that he had used handicapped people to run his campaign. From the Sept 23 1999 Review Journal:


Republican club drops councilman from civil lawsuit

A Republican fund-raising club that sued Las Vegas Councilman Michael McDonald for defamation has dismissed him from the civil lawsuit saying evidence against him was lacking.
The Big Elephant Club and its founder, George Harris, sued McDonald and others in July. On Sept. 15, the councilman was dropped from the District Court case.
McDonald's attorney, Louis Palazzo, said there had been a failure to showMcDonald had anything to do with a controversial last-minute political advertisement mailed last spring against McDonald's chief political rival, former Councilman Steve Miller. . . . .
There are two lawsuits pending in Clark County District Court pertaining to the mailer criticizing Miller.
Miller has sued the Big Elephant Club, which was identified in the mailer as the group that paid for the mailer.
But Harris said he and his club had nothing to do with it and he sued the councilman, as well as James Tucker, owner of Passkey Systems, which mailed the piece; Larry Scheffler, owner of Las Vegas Color Graphics Inc., which printed the brochure; and Mike Sullivan, owner of Paladin Advertising Inc., which designed it.
The men and their businesses are being sued for damages for defamation, misrepresentation, invasion of right to privacy, and misappropriation of the Big Elephant Club's name.
The political ad landed in 21,500 Ward 1 mail boxes just before the May 4 primary and when the election was over, McDonald won with 63 percent of the vote, a large enough margin that he won outright without having to undergo the rigors of a general election in June.
McDonald's name was found on an invoice identifying Paladin as the company that paid for the mailer.
The sentence where Miller claimshe was defamed reads: "Steve Miller even became the first personever removed from the Opportunity Village Board of Directors. Millerwas found to be exploiting the handicapped to advance his campaign."He resigned from the board after starting his council campaign.
Both Harris and McDonald haveinsisted they had nothing to do with it.
Charles Bennion, the attorney for Harris and the club, said findingMcDonald's name on the invoice was sufficient to file a lawsuit, butafter realizing Paladin Adverting paid for it, he thought it wasappropriate to dismiss the case against McDonald.
"We've always felt Paladin was at the center of this."
Paladin's president contends thepiece was ordered by a member of the Big Elephant Club and thatprinter Steve Westmoreland told him to identify the mailer as beingsent by the club. Westmoreland denies that.


Michael McDonald was Kent Oram's client, but MacDonald's name was found on the invoice that Paladin Advertising paid for. Mike Sullivan at Paladin Advertising had designed the mailer, and then sent it care of the Big Elephant Club. Typical dishonest, low, dirty tricks from the Oram camp showing they would stoop to anything. Of course, why would they go to any means to defeat Steve Miller in a race for a low paid Commissioner's race? Steve Miller knew why, as revealed in a Friday, October 08, 1999 Review Journal Article:


Votespurs foe to seek ethics ruling

FormerCity Councilman Steve Miller asked the state Ethics Commission onThursday for an opinion on Councilman Michael McDonald's July vote togrant a garbage company an exclusive 15-year contract extension.

McDonalddates Jennifer Simich, who does government affairs work for Republic.He is a close friend of both the company's president, Steve Kalish,and its general counsel, former Henderson Mayor Robert Groesbeck, whopleaded guilty in September to charges of disorderly conduct andresisting arrest for his drunken behavior Sept. 3 at Mandalay Bay'sFoundation Room.

McDonalddid not disclose the relationships before the vote. He also did notreveal that Republic and its related entities donated $36,800 to hisspring re-election campaign, which made the company his largestcontributor.

Thecontract was approved 3-0, with Mayor Oscar Goodman and CouncilmanLarry Brown abstaining.


Oram'sclient was obviously goosed in because of theRepublic Silver State vote. And innocent little Goodman, who hadjust received $15000 in donations to his mayoral campaign fromRepublic, didn't even need to vote because there were already threelined up.


Thiswasn't the last time Paladin Advertising struck using dirty tacticsto help MacDonald. MacDonald was beaten in 2002 by Janet Moncrief,who was then subjected to police harassment as part of a pettypayback vendetta using insiders in the police department. AfterMoncrief beat Michael McDonald (Oram's candidate), a dispatcher namedCynthia Thomas from the police department attempted to set Moncriefup by claiming she was drunk driving. Ms. Thomas' husband was aformer police colleague of McDonald's and had worked on hisre-election campaign, implicating OIZ and Paladin. While Moncriefapparently had her own ethical lapses, we'll revisit this issue laterin the section on police department involvement.


Sofar, we have just been presenting isolated events, so the question iswhether we can begin to tie some of the actors together in a largerconspiracy, one that doesn't involve Michael Galardi and G-Sting. Most interesting is a Sunday, October 31, 1999article in the Review Journal that ties together many of the partnersin crime:


Thepolitical wake at Paul Christensen's house on Election Night '96would have had to cheer up to be mournful.

HisCounty Commission colleague, Erin Kenny, was lachrymose -- she hadpoured her soul into saving her friend's seat. Campaign consultantKent Oram was bellicose -- he would return in four years to teachChristensen-killer Lance Malone a lesson. And Paladin Agencyprincipals Mike Sullivan and Jim Ferrence were morose -- they madetheir money but they were on the losing side. . . I wonder if anyof those folks thought about that evening this week as some of themgathered in Oram's office for a meeting of the 2000 campaign team for... Lance Malone. The meeting would have been impossible had Kennynot put Malone together with Oram about a year ago in his South Jonesoffice, near where the Paladin boys -- who were eventually broughtonto Team Malone, too -- also work.


So,it wasn't Michael Galardi who connected the littlerat's nest of MacDonald, Kenny, Malone, James and Goodman together, butKenny through her good friends Oram and Paladin Advertising workingout of their offices at 2290 S. Jones. And this leaves us the big question: Why has Oram and Paladin never been brought into the investigations? Oram was no doubt caught multiple times on the wiretaps, so either he is

1) as clean as the driven snow

2) turned state's evidence after having been tipped off by George Knapp and Sheriff Young

3) the beneficiary of investigative incompetence.