Sandoval among Nevada money leaders in 2014 races

CARSON CITY — If the old adage that money talk proves true this year, then there are a lot of well-known Nevada politicians who won’t be happy after the Nov. 4 election.

Gov. Brian Sandoval as expected turned in a campaign contribution and expenditure report Wednesday that showed he raised $3.076 million last year and spent just $885,345.

That compares to reports released earlier by possible Democratic gubernatorial candidates Steve Sisolak, the Clark County commissioner, and Tick Segerblom, the state senator, showing they spent more than they raised in 2013. Both men may have funds left over from previous campaigns, but nothing that compares with Sandoval’s war chest.

In the 2012 legislative races in Nevada, candidates who raised the most money won 82 percent of the time. That same year, the candidate with the most money won 95 percent of the U.S. House of Representatives seats and 80 percent of the U.S. Senate seats.

The funding problem also exists for Sue Lowden, a Republican candidate for lieutenant governor. She reported she raised $228,275 and spent $27,226. But the report from her Republican primary opponent, state Sen. Mark Hutchison, showed he has a balance from 2013 of more than $700,000.

Lowden’s report also indicates she donated $100,000 of her own money to her campaign.

On the Democratic side, probable lieutenant governor candidates have even less money. Assemblywoman Lucy Flores, D-Las Vegas, reported raising $83,300 last year but spending $85,336. Clark County Commissioner Tom Collins reported he raised $40,000 but spent $87,164.

The same discrepancy exists in another race for a constitutional office. Treasurer Kate Marshall, a Democratic candidate for secretary of state, showed $166,883 in contributions and $57,968 in expenditures last year. Her probable Republican opponent, state Sen. Barbara Cegavske, reported $76,700 in contributions and $26,927 in expenditures.

Cegavske is term-limited from returning to the state Senate District 8 seat. Her departure gives Democrats an opportunity to pick up a seat and increase their Senate majority to 12 to 9.

Assemblywoman Marilyn Dondero Loop, D-Las Vegas, is a candidate for the Senate seat. She reported raising $37,350 in 2013 and spending $27,124.

Adam Laxalt, who just announced he will be running for attorney general, won’t like it when he reviews the financial statement of his probable Democratic opponent, Secretary of State Ross Miller. Miller reported he raised $926,363 in his bid for attorney general and has spent $249,305.

Looking at the top legislators, Senate Majority Leader Mo Denis, D-Las Vegas, reported raising $200,477 and spending $125,784. Always an easy winner in his own races, Denis can give his contributions to members of his party who might need additional money in the 2014 elections.

The Senate Democratic Caucus issued statements that it raised $236,081 and that Denis’ leftover funds, adding in past elections, total $215,977. That brings the caucus’ potential spending heading into the campaign to $452,059.

His Republican counterpart, Senate Minority Leader Michael Roberson, R-Las Vegas, raised $310,251 and spent $113,021.

Democrats are making moves to defeat Roberson in Senate District 20 with candidate Teresa Lowry. She reported contributions of $63,129 and expenditures of $1,563.

Assembly Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick, D-North Las Vegas, reported raising $201,750 and spending $160,248, while Assembly Minority Leader Pat Hickey, R-Reno, said he raised $81,577 and spent $60,093.

Both parties are aiming to capture key legislative seats that could help them to retain or pick up seats.

One is Senate District 9. Incumbent Sen. Justin Jones, D-Las Vegas, raised $235,830 and spent $68,337. Republican Becky Harris reported $129,311 in contributions and $29,013 in expenses. She faces a primary opponent, Vick Gill, who reported raising $63,307 and spending $2,757.

Contact Capital Bureau Chief Ed Vogel at evogel@reviewjournal.com or 775-687-3901. Follow him on Twitter at @edisonvogel.


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