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.

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