Carl Huth wrote in asking in regards to Waste Management's single stream recycling franchise, how many members of the Reno City Council received campaign contributions from Waste Management to help in their elections to the city council?
According to Sarah Polito with Waste Management the company made $1,500 in campaign contributions to Reno City Council candidates in 2010.
Mayor Bob Cashell, Dwight Dortch and Sharon Zadra each accepted $500 in contributions.
Then in November of 2012 the council awarded Waste Management an exclusive franchise for its single stream residential recycling program.
The vote was 6 to 1, according to city records and councilwoman Sharon Zadra was the lone dissenting vote.
So what about the mayor and Councilman Dortch?
I checked with Dwight Dortch and asked him about this. He says the contributions were reported to the secretary of state and he says they are allowed to vote even if they've accepted a campaign contribution from that particular company. Dortch says according to the Nevada Ethics Commission they are allowed to vote unless they have a "financial interest" in the company.
So the votes did not violate any ethics rules. I did put in two phone calls to Caren Jenkins with the the Nevada Ethics Commission but as of today ( Monday, October 28th, 2013) I have not yet heard back from the ethics commission for an answer on this issue.