North Las Vegas City Council members and mayoral candidates Shari Buck and William Robinson are neck-in-neck in terms of campaign fundraising so far this year, each posting earnings of nearly $150,000 on contributions and expenses reports due Tuesday.
Buck has raised $146,785 since Jan. 1 to Robinson’s $147,699.
Fellow Council member and mayoral candidate Stephanie Smith came in a distant third, with $73,150 in contributions.
The two other candidates in the race, former planning commissioner Ned Thomas and street preacher John 3:16 Cook, raised $8,471 and $0, respectively.
During the same period, Buck’s campaign expenditures came to nearly $247,000. Robinson spent about $183,000, and Smith spent nearly $191,000.
Since January 2008, Buck and Robinson have each spent about $257,500 on their campaigns, to Smith’s $206,541.
Among the campaigns’ top contributors in 2009 were Station Casinos, which gave $10,000 to Buck and $5,000 to Robinson; and the Orleans, which gave $10,000 each to Robinson and Smith.
Buck also received a $10,000 donation from Ted J. Fechser and $5,000 from Boyd Gaming. Robinson got a $10,000 donation from C&O Gaming, and Smith received $10,000 from Summerset Development.
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