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Joey Gilbert, Law Practitioner–and Voter Fraud Exponent

By: Jacob Mathison

Twitter: @TheLatestByte

Post Date: 2024-01-11

Joey Gilbert, a Reno attorney and former Republican gubernatorial candidate, has been a prominent figure in Nevada's political and legal landscape. His activities and influence extend beyond traditional legal work, particularly marked by his involvement in the 2022 primary elections in Nevada. Gilbert, known state-wide for his staunch support of former President Donald Trump's election fraud claims, found himself at the center of controversy after the 2022 primary elections. 


He subsequently filed a lawsuit challenging the election results, alleging voter fraud. However, his claims were met with skepticism and were ultimately dismissed by a Carson City judge due to the lack of "competent evidence." This decision highlighted the challenges and complexities in substantiating claims of electoral fraud, and were part of a larger tendency toward these initiatives that called democratic processes into question. Gilbert's actions in this context raised questions about the impact of such claims on public trust in electoral processes and the legal system.


Gilbert’s Republican Political Alliances


But Joey Gilbert is far from unaccompanied. Quite the contrary: Gilbert's connections and influence in Nevada politics, especially in Douglas County, are underscored by his association with figures like Robert Beadles and his interactions with local officials like Tom Gregory. First, Gilbert's alliance with Beadles, a known figure in Nevada's political scene, is notable, particularly given their mutual involvement in challenging the 2022 election results. Both Gilbert and Beadles have been vocal about their skepticism of the election process, with Gilbert filing an election contest lawsuit following his loss in the Republican governor primary, and Beadles supporting Gilbert's recount demands financially and ideologically.


Beadles' actions, particularly his 95-point list of election reforms and his aggressive political tactics, as seen in his confrontation with Washoe County Commissioner Bob Lucey, reflect a broader pattern of challenging the established political order. His financial support for Gilbert's recount and the subsequent legal actions align with a shared narrative of questioning election integrity, as we’ve said, and especially in Washoe. This partnership raises questions about the influence such political actors can wield in shaping public discourse and political outcomes, especially when their actions are intertwined with allegations and aggressive campaign strategies such as Gilbert’s, who got 20% of the voting pool when he ran for elections.


The School District Overspend in Douglas County


In this context, the engagement of Joey Gilbert by the Douglas County School District raises several concerns, particularly regarding the financial and administrative implications of his involvement. Gilbert's legal fees, amounting to over $100,000 in just two months, starkly contrast with the district's annual legal budget of $160,000. This substantial increase in expenditure calls for a critical examination of the value and impact of Gilbert's services on the district's financial health and its educational mandate, as well as who approves money for what purposes on a local scale.


In Douglas County, the allocation of legal fees for Gilbert's services, facilitated by Tom Gregory–the second main ally after Beadles–further complicates the picture. Gilbert's substantial legal fees, in contrast with the county's allocated legal budget, suggest a possible disregard for established financial norms. This situation brings to the fore questions about the accountability and decision-making processes in local governance. How does the allocation of such exorbitant fees, seemingly in contradiction with legal and budgetary constraints, reflect on the governance and financial stewardship of the county? Moreover, the implications of these financial decisions on the county's educational and administrative functions remain a point of concern and debate.


Further, the policy changes proposed under Gilbert's counsel appear to restrict public involvement and transparency in school district affairs. For example, the amendments in public comment protocols, the proposed fee for public records requests, and changes in whistleblower policies and administrative regulations suggest a move towards less public engagement and oversight. These changes potentially undermine the principles of open governance and accountability that are fundamental to public education institutions. The future of education in Nevada is thus put into question by a web of interconnected political figures that have claimed that the popular and public voice is not enough.


Moreover, the alteration of bylaws concerning the superintendent's duties and the election process for filling board vacancies indicate a significant shift in the governance structure of the district. The empowerment of the Board President to unilaterally remove trustees from committees based on vague criteria is particularly troubling, and is part of the same picture that enabled Gilbert to charge these fees. 


It suggests, in short, an overreach of authority and a potential silencing of dissent within the board, which could have far-reaching implications for the district's governance and its ability to serve the educational needs of its community effectively.


Conclusion: Legal Fees in Local Nevada Government


While legal counsel is undoubtedly vital for any public institution, the case of Joey Gilbert's engagement with the Douglas County School District warrants scrutiny. The exorbitant fees, coupled with the sweeping policy changes under his advice, raise questions about the priorities of the district's leadership and its commitment to serving the best interests of its students, staff, and the wider community.


Gilbert's connections and activities in Nevada, particularly in Douglas County, reveal a complex web of political influence, financial dealings, and controversial approaches to governance and election integrity. The interplay between these factors raises critical questions: about the nature of political influence, the role of money in political transparency, and the integrity of local governance structures.


The interplay between these factors, as a result, makes us question the nature of political influence, the role of money in politics, and the integrity of Nevada’s Republican-led initiatives.

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