Heck reaches out to doctors, medical PACs for early boost in 2014 race

WASHINGTON — Expecting a re-election fight, Rep. Joe Heck reached out to doctors and health care political action committees for an early boost to his 2014 campaign, according to federal documents made available Monday.

Heck, a Republican and osteopathic physician, raised $74,850 from 69 medical-related PACs and individual doctors during the first three months of the year, which was 44 percent of his overall take of $169,790 he said in a quarterly report to the Federal Election Commission.

The two-term congressman is expected to face a fight for a third term representing District 3, a suburban Las Vegas area that includes Henderson, Boulder City and the rural southern part of Clark County.

It is the closest that Nevada has to a swing district, and early money expects it to be the most closely watched federal race in the state because neither U.S. senator is up for re-election.

Heck in 2012 defeated Democrat John Oceguera, 50.4 percent to 42.9 percent. At the same time, President Barack Obama defeated Mitt Romney 49.5 percent to 48.7 percent in the congressional district.

Heck has been targeted by Democrats and also by Emily’s List, an organization that supports Democratic women. Erin Bilbray-Kohn, a Las Vegas political consultant, has been courted by the party to run against Heck but has not yet announced a candidacy.

Besides contributions from the medical sources, Heck received early help from House Republican leaders, with a $5,000 contribution from Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia and $5,000 from Jeb Hensarling of Texas, chairman of the Republican Conference.

Heck counted $292,831 cash in the bank as of March 31.

During the past three months, Heck spent $32,620 to reassemble his campaign team of fundraisers and managers including adviser Ryan Erwin of Red Rock Strategies.

No potential challengers have emerged yet for Nevada’s three other House members, who also filed campaign finance paperwork Monday with the Federal Election Commission.

Contact Stephens Washington Bureau Chief Steve Tetreault at stetreault@stephensmedia.com or 202-783-1760. Follow him on Twitter @STetreaultDC.

REP. STEVEN HORSFORD: Democrat Horsford reported raising $173,452 from January through March, with 57 percent coming from political action committees.
Among expenses, Horsford spent $8,790 from his campaign fund to move his family to Washington. The Federal Election Commission said in a 1980 advisory opinion the use of campaign money for that purpose was acceptable.
The freshman, who represents the 4th Congressional District, reported $31,622 cash on hand. At the same time, he still owed $10,000 to fundraising consultant Political Development Group of Washington and $29,448 to GMMB, his D.C.-based advertising vendor.

REP. DINA TITUS: Titus raised $87,859 during the quarter, with 64 percent coming mostly from labor-related political committees.
Titus also got a boost from Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., through a $2,500 contribution in March from his personal PAC, the Searchlight Leadership Fund, and from former Rep. Shelley Berkley, who gave $3,100 from her Silver State 21st Century PAC.
Titus, who represents the 1st District consisting of Las Vegas proper, counted $79,526 cash in the bank at the end of the reporting period. She still listed debts of $127,159 to vendors and in bonuses to advisers who helped her win election in November.

REP. MARK AMODEI: Republican Amodei raised $24,650, with 80 percent coming from PACs including those representing Barrick Gold, $2,500, and Sierra Nevada Corp., $2,500, companies influential in his Northern Nevada-based 2nd District.
Amodei reported $170,330 cash available at the end of the reporting period. Among expenses during the quarter, he reported $6,853 for meals in Washington and Nevada tied to campaign fundraising.
Amodei also reported $19,000 in leftover debt he has whittled down from more than $60,000 since winning special election to Congress in September 2011.