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|Former candidate for|
|Nevada Secretary of State|
|Bachelor's||University of Southern California|
|Date of birth||April 6, 1970|
In the midst of his pursuit of his undergraduate degree, Lauer interned for Congressman Duncan Hunter in Washington D.C. He later served as a member of the Advance Team for President George H.W. Bush during his failed 1992 re-election campaign. Lauer served as a cadet in the United States Army Reserves until 1993 when budget cuts forced an end to his military career. Soon after this, he founded Lauer Properties, a real estate company, and pursued a living in commercial and residential development. In 2005, Lauer enlisted in the United States Army and joined the 314th MP company. Three years later, he volunteered to serve in Iraq, but was ultimately sent home as a result of a back injury.
- Bachelor's degree, University of Southern California in political science
- Graduate of the US Army Military Police School, November 2006
- See also: Nevada Secretary of State election, 2010
- 2010 Race for Secretary of State - Republican Primary
- Rob Lauer ran unopposed in this contest
|2010 Race for Secretary of State - General Election|
|Democratic Party||Ross Miller||53.2%|
|Republican Party||Rob Lauer||37.3%|
|American Independent Party||John Wagner||6.0%|
|None of these candidates||3.6%|
According to Follow the Money, Lauer raised $190,845 in 2010 for his secretary of state campaign.
Listed below are the top five contributors:
In the summer of 2010, a criminal complaint was filed against Lauer for allegedly assaulting a 46-year-old woman at a Republican fundraising event. Jennifer Von Tobel reportedly suffered a sprained wrist and inflamed shoulder after an incident at Stoney's Bar in Las Vegas on June 4, 2010, after which she applied for a restraining order against Lauer. Lauer denied the accusations and claimed to be demonstrating self defense moves to Von Tobel. He later filed a separate police report about the incident in which he accused Von Tobel of grabbing his right buttock and putting him in a headlock.
According to the Clark County District Attorney's office, Lauer was ordered to appear in court on August 24 to face a misdemeanor battery charge. In late 2011, the charges against Lauer were dismissed by Melanie Andress-Tobiasson, a Las Vegas justice of the peace. In January of 2012, Lauer filed a libel and defamation lawsuit against Von Tobel claiming she "made numerous false, malicious and defamatory allegations to media outlets and to numerous Republican voters ... (and) exaggerated and lied about the events in order to cause damage to [Lauer's] personal and professional reputation." Lauer sought "damages that are unspecified but that top $10,000 in the lawsuit."
Von Tobel failed to respond to Lauer's lawsuit, and according to court records she defaulted on the lawsuit as of March 13, 2012. Though a judgement has not yet been made in the case, Lauer believes Von Tobel's default means he will be awarded the $50,000 in damages he was seeking. He noted "Although I won by default after giving her more than 50 days to respond when I was only required to give 20 days, I was very much looking forward to taking her deposition and cross-examining her."
According to Lauer, the newspaper reporting the incident made false statements in their coverage. He asserted that Von Tobel was not injured and that no injury was proven in court, and contacted the paper to correct their statements.
- Rob Lauer's Facebook profile
- Project Vote Smart - Rob Lauer biography
- Campaign contributions: 2010
- Roblauer4nevada.com 2010 Campaign website
The Internet Archive's Wayback Machine was used to recall this version of the website from May 15, 2010.
- The Record Courier, "Lauer to run for secretary of state" 13 Feb. 2010
- Nevada Secretary of State - 2010 General Election Results
- Follow the Money - Campaign Contributions for Rob Lauer, 2010
- Las Vegas Sun, "Secretary of state candidate charged with misdemeanor battery," July 30, 2010
- Las Vegas Sun, "Battery charges dismissed against former secretary of state candidate," November 3, 2011
- Las Vegas Sun, "Former Nevada political candidate sues woman who accused him of battery," January 18, 2012
- Las Vegas Review-Journal, "Ex-candidate wins by default in libel lawsuit," March 15, 2012
- E-mail correspondence between Rob Lauer and a Ballotpedia staff writer, January 25-26, 2012