On Aug. 4, 2008, for example, he organized dinner at the Ranch Restaurant with a legislator. On Oct. 22, 2008, he organized dinner with a legislator at Redrock Can
Mr. Skeith was required to report these expenditures by his lobbyist principal on Ethics Commission Form L-2. ... But when he filed the form that covered the last half of 2008, he failed to list any of the expenditures.
The undercover operation did not lead to federal charges because Mr. Skeith did not orchestrate noncampaign payments from the undercover company to any legislators. Perhaps he was dealing with legislators who would not have been willing to participate in such corruption. Or perhaps he had not yet cultivated a close enough relationship with a new crop of legislative leaders.
Whatever the explanation, the undercover operation confirmed Mr. Skeith's willingness to violate ethics rules and create false documents for his lobbying clients.