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By: Jacob Mathison

Twitter: @TheLatestByte

Post Date: 2023-12-27

Operation Sunlight: Dissecting the Impact of Robert Beadles in Nevada Politics

Relocating Influence: From California to Nevada

Robert Beadles, once a businessman in California, has rapidly become a notable figure in Nevada's political scene since his relocation to Reno in 2019. Affiliated with the conservative-leaning Operation Sunlight, his aggressive political strategies have brought significant changes to the local government landscape, focusing on recalling or ousting county officials.

The Agenda of Operation Sunlight

Operation Sunlight, though not widely known in its complete objectives, is understood to be a platform for Beadles' political maneuvers. Its mission aligns with Beadles' vision of transforming Nevada's political scene by endorsing conservative ideals and challenging those in power who oppose them.

High-Profile Campaigns and Controversies

One of the most contentious moves was Beadles' campaign in Washoe County, targeting the county's sole Black elected official for supporting social justice education and COVID-19 measures. This effort was part of a larger "scorched earth" strategy culminating in the recall of Republican Commissioner Bob Lucey, a reflection of Beadles' push against officials who don't support his or Operation Sunlight's ideology.

Financial Muscle: The Franklin Project

Beyond public campaigns, Beadles exerts influence through The Franklin Project, his PAC. This organization channels financial support to candidates across various government levels who echo Beadles' political beliefs, from denying the 2020 presidential election results to opposing mainstream political norms.

A Polarizing Figure Amidst Political Tension

Beadles' methods and ideology have sparked widespread criticism. His promotion of conspiracy theories, especially referencing antisemitic texts like the "Protocols of the Elders of Zion," and spreading misinformation about the 2020 election and COVID-19, has placed him at odds with mainstream political discourse. His financial and ideological support of extremist candidates has further entrenched his position as a polarizing figure.

Beneficiaries and Backlash

Despite controversy, several political figures have received support from Beadles, including Jeffrey Church, George "Eddie" Lorton, Mindy Robinson, and Sigal Chattah. While some distance themselves from his contentious rhetoric, the financial connections between these individuals and Beadles highlight the intricate relationships and ethical considerations within political sponsorship.

The Beadles Legacy

Robert Beadles' tenure in Nevada politics illustrates the profound impact an individual can have on local governance and public opinion. As Nevada grapples with the aftermath of his campaigns and the future of political discourse, the legacy of Operation Sunlight and Beadles' financial endeavors will continue to influence political strategies and ethical discussions in the state.


Jeffrey Church: A Washoe County School Board Trustee, Church was elected in 2020 and received $8,800 from Beadles and his company in 2021. Despite the donation, Church stated that Beadles does not influence his decision-making as a public official​​.

George "Eddie" Lorton: A candidate for local office, Lorton received nearly $10,000 from Beadles for his election campaign. Beadles promoted Lorton's candidacy on his blog and used the Franklin Project PAC to send election mailers supporting him​​.

Mindy Robinson: A Libertarian Assembly candidate, Robinson received a $5,000 contribution from Beadles. She met Beadles during the national Libertarian convention in Reno and has downplayed his controversial statements, asserting his right to free speech​​.

Sigal Chattah: A candidate for Nevada Republican attorney general, Chattah, a Jewish woman of Israeli descent, received a $5,000 donation from Beadles through his company​​.

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