Friday, February 16, 2007

Today's GOP Blotter: Starring Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Federal authorities confirmed Thursday that Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons is being investigated for failing to properly report gifts or payments from a software company that was awarded secret military contracts when he was in Congress.

A federal law enforcement official confirmed the FBI probe. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation, said the inquiry is focusing on what role Gibbons played in awarding military contracts to eTreppid Technologies LLC in Reno and whether he received any gifts in exchange.

Gibbons said he had not been contacted by the FBI regarding his contacts with Warren Trepp, a longtime friend and owner of eTreppid who contributed nearly $100,000 to Gibbons' campaign for governor.

If any of you remember, Gibbons got himself in a bit of a jam during last year's campaign when a cocktail waitress accused him of assaulting her after a night of drinking. No charges were filed, but the investigation into possible witness tampering in the case is ongoing.