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They train 'em well, those Young Repugs

[UPDATE: I received an email from Nathan Taylor on May 19, requesting the removal of this blog entry because of information published by the AP in March. I’m not taking down an entry that simply references a publicly available story on the LVR-J web site based on the facts at the time and told him so.]

The update story, which details that the complaint has been dropped, appears in the Las Vegas Sun:

A criminal complaint has been dropped against a state Young Republicans member accused of embezzling registration fees for an upcoming GOP convention.

Joe Brezny, Nevada’s national committeeman for Young Republicans, said he asked Reno police to drop the complaint against Nathan Taylor after determining the charges were groundless.

“We’re trying to set the record straight,” Brezny said. “We’re going to do whatever it takes to clear his name as best we can.”

Taylor, 29, a senior at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, accepted the apology.

“I am disappointed it got to the press, but I’ve forgiven those groups for what they did,” Taylor told the Reno Gazette-Journal.

The original post:

How about this for family values and bright young minds of the next generation of Repugs? GOP operative accused of theft. (Las Vegas Review-Journal):

The young Nevada man designated to chair the upcoming 2005 Young Republican National Convention in Las Vegas has been accused of embezzling registration fees from around the country to pay off bar tabs, personal loans and credit card debts.

Nevada’s national committeeman for Young Republicans filed a criminal complaint Monday with the Reno Police Department alleging Nathan Taylor received more than $25,000 in registration fees and donations through his corporation, YRNC 2005, and spent almost all of it in the past year for personal use.

Taylor interned in Gov. Kenny Guinn’s office during the 2003 Legislature and has worked for former Republican state Sen. Mark James and in Las Vegas City Hall, where he worked on projects for then-Councilman Michael McDonald.

…The complaint contains an affidavit from Kriston Whiteside, president of the UNR College Republicans, alleging Taylor asked her to write a check from YRNC 2005 to pay for his birthday party at a bar, among other expenses.

In a letter to Reno police, Arjun Dhingra, state chairman of the Young Republicans, states roughly $25,000 received from 200 individuals around the country for the July 6-10 convention at Mandalay Bay is gone.

The complaint also includes a bank statement showing withdrawals from the YRNC 2005 account at Bully’s bar in Carson City, at a PF Chang’s restaurant, at Shell Oil, at Mandalay Bay and twice for $200 in cash during a 30-day period.

“Nathan Taylor is no longer authorized to plan or engage in any fund-raising activities related to the 2005 Young Republican National Convention,” said Michael Mack, chairman of the Washington, D.C.-based Young Republican National Federation. “The Nevada Young Republicans now hold the contract and the sole rights to that event. The decision was made for internal reasons that I’m not at liberty to discuss at this point.”

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