Late money surging into Tarkanian, Horsford camps


Late money is surging to both contenders in the heated U.S. House race to represent the new Congressional District 4, and the dollars are coming from all over the place.

Democrat Steven Horsford has collected at least $232,727 since Oct. 1, while Republican Danny Tarkanian has received at least $189,199, according to their latest finance reports through Saturday.

A week from the Nov. 6 election, both have now topped the $1 million mark in personal fundraising, with Tarkanian collecting $1.2 million and Horsford close to $1.5 million.

Another $4.1 million has been spent by outside groups to sway voters in the new district that includes the northern part of Clark County, part of Lyon County and five other rural counties across the center of the state.

Wealthy individuals, political action committees and members of Congress from both parties signed sizable checks in the past month.

Tarkanian was bolstered by $2,000 from Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Miriam, the first direct contributions from the casino magnate and U.S. -Israel supporter who has spent more than $61 million to bolster Mitt Romney and other Republican candidates.

On the same day as Sheldon Adelson’s donation, Tarkanian received funds from two pro-Israel organizations based in Florida. The Florida Congressional Committee gave $3,000 while American Principles donated $2,000.

Another big-money conservative donor, Dallas billionaire Harold Simmons, gave Tarkanian $1,000.

Sensing a possible victory in the new Nevada district that leans Democrat by voter registration, the Republican National Committee gave $5,000 last Wednesday. The Republican Mainstreet Partnership, the coalition of moderate GOP lawmakers and former lawmakers, gave $2,000.

Meanwhile, House minority leader Nancy Pelosi gave Horsford $2,000 through her “PAC to the Future” organization.

Fifteen other House incumbents and candidates responded to a call to send money to Horsford, including senior lawmakers George Miller of California (($2,500); Sander Levin of Michigan ($1,000); Steve Israel of New York ($1,000); and John Lewis of Georgia ($1,000).

In Las Vegas, MGM Resorts executives William Hornbuckle and Allan Feldman gave Horsford $1,000 apiece, while gaming consultant Larry Lewin gave $1,000.

KSNV-TV owner Jim Rogers, who had freely criticized Horsford on social media until the two met and settled their differences recently, gave $2,500. North Las Vegas Assemblyman Kelvin Atkinson gave $1,000.