Lisa Wheeler, Florida

City Council member Lisa Wheeler-Bowman resigned on September 15th after she was accused by a former Mayoral candidate of not living in the district she represents. This was a violation of the city charter. A complaint was filed with the council and the claim was leveled against her publicly at a meeting of the St. Petersburg City Council. A background check would most likely have confirmed her residence as being outside of her district, thus avoiding an uncomfortable situation for…

Robert Telles, Nevada

Robert Telles, Democrat, former Clark County, Nevada, Public Administrator Robert Telles, former Clark County Public Administrator Robert “Rob” Telles has been accused of fatally stabbing Jeff German, a journalist for the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Telles was appointed to the position in 2019 but lost his Democratic primary in 2022. As an attorney, he had a history of complaints with the Nevada Bar Association. A background check could have revealed these complaints. Who Is Robert Telles? Nevada Official Arrested for Murder…

George Santos, New York

George Santos, US House of Representatives, Republican, New York A number of news outlets have reported that Santos falsified a number of items on his resume, including his education, work experience and ethnicity. Additionally, it is reported that he has unresolved legal issues in Brazil. There have been calls for his resignation. It appears that it did not work out so well for voters to rely on the research of his opposition to discover the veracity of his claims. A…

Requirements to Run for Office (In Nevada and most other states)

Requirements to Run for Office (In Nevada and most other states)

What are the requirements to run for office in Nevada and most other states? There aren’t many requirements to run for office in Nevada or anywhere else! According to the Nevada Secretary of State’s Office, a candidate must be a certain age (varies by office), live in a certain area for certain offices for a certain period of time, and only a few offices have an education requirement!  For some offices, a petition with a certain number of signatures is…

Transparency In Politics Certification Seal

Transparency In Politics Certification Seal

Transparency In Politics Certification Seal What does the Transparency In Politics (TIP) Certification Seal mean? The Transparency In Politics Seal (TIP Seal) means that an elected official/candidate has ordered a PeopleTrail background check, reviewed the results, and has sent to report to TIP. Once the candidate signs the agreement with TIP, TIP simply posts the report on the website (click here). TIP makes no comment about anything included in the background check report. Elected officials or candidates who earn the…

History of Background Checks and Elected Officials

History of Background Checks and Elected Officials

You might be wondering WHY elected officials are not required to have background checks. What is the history of background checks for political candidates and elected officials? For many reasons, this doesn’t make sense! From our second email, you can see that many employers require background checks. Elected officials supervise people who have background checks-why don’t they have to have them themselves? A Bit of History The Founding Fathers knew their political folks. There was little anonymity and certainly, the…

Why background checks for Political Candidates?

Why background checks for Political Candidates?

Why do employers require background checks? Employers want to be sure that they’re hiring the person the applicant says he/she is and that the applicant is eligible to work in the US. So why shouldn’t we have background checks for political candidates? About 92-96% of employers require background checks for new hires. This is not only to control risk but also to ensure that their employees and customers are safe from harm. Companies want to ensure job seekers are honest…

How to Challenge a Candidate’s Qualifications in Nevada

How to Challenge a Candidate’s Qualifications in Nevada

Now you’re probably wondering what really does happen if a candidate is not qualified to run for the office they have filed for. How can someone challenge a candidate’s qualifications in Nevada? The process to challenge a candidate’s qualifications In Nevada, it is up to the public to bring any irregularities to the attention of the Secretary of State. Any “elector” may file this and submit a complaint. They must indicate the following in writing: Subsequently, a hearing will be…

What are Background Checks and what are they used for?

What are Background Checks and what are they used for?

Transparency In Politics uses PeopleTrail for candidates’ background checks. The background report is part of its offering to political candidates and is quite comprehensive. This report is based on information supplied by the candidates, including their social security numbers. Almost all background checks include a criminal history check. These checks will review felony and misdemeanor criminal convictions (not charges that were dropped or settled), pending criminal cases, and any history of incarceration as an adult. In addition, checks can include…

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