With massive amounts of money pouring into candidates’ coffers, one thing is clear:
The 2018 Nevada governor’s race will be expensive.
Both Attorney General Adam Laxalt and state Treasurer Dan Schwartz are seeing an influx of campaign donations from other states. California-based Facebook has given the maximum $10,000 to Laxalt, who has benefited from a number of outside-Nevada donations.
Laxalt raised $2.61 million last year, highest among gubernatorial candidates. His campaign reported that it has about $3 million in cash on hand.
The deadline to submit campaign reports was 11:59 p.m. Tuesday.
Seven members of the Fertitta family donated the maximum $10,000 to Laxalt’s campaign, which also received $10,000 each from Miriam and Sheldon Adelson.
Clark County Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak, a Democratic candidate for governor, has more money overall — about $5.75 million — but $2.58 million of that came in the last year.
That includes more than $250,000 from the gaming industry, including donations from MGM Resorts International properties, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Boyd Gaming Corp. and Station Casinos. Sisolak also saw a windfall from Nevada’s budding marijuana industry, with more than $250,000 of donations coming from cannabis businesses and executives.
County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani, also a Democratic candidate for governor, reported a haul of $832,000 in 2017, with most of the money coming after she announced her campaign in mid-October.
Two sitting Clark County School Board trustees have donated to Giunchigliani’s bid for governor, despite the local teachers union’s endorsement of Sisolak.
Lola Brooks donated $300 to Giunchigliani’s campaign and Carolyn Edwards gave $500. Giunchigliani is the former head of both the local teachers union, the Clark County Education Association, and the state teachers union, the Nevada State Education Association.
Schwartz raised $431,000 — the bulk of that coming from his $355,000 loan to the campaign — but received big donations from individuals in Illinois, New York and Ohio.
The majority of Republican candidate Jared Fisher’s donations are coming from Nevada, with a sprinkling of donations from Colorado. Fisher has raised $586,000, including his own loan of more than $500,000 to the campaign.
Republican Wes Duncan, Laxalt’s former first assistant attorney general and an assemblyman before that, hauled in $516,000 in donations. Of that, $160,000 came from maximum donations of $10,000 from various Nevada resort groups, businesses and business owners.
Craig Mueller, a Republican and Las Vegas attorney, raised $102,000, with $100,000 of it coming from a personal loan to the campaign.
On the Democratic side, state Senate Majority Leader Aaron Ford reported $400,000 in campaign donations, with notable donors including Caesars Entertainment, MGM Resorts and Boyd Gaming, along with Ford’s employer, the Eglet Prince law firm.
Senate Minority Leader Michael Roberson, R-Henderson, reported raising $200,000 last year, while Democrat and former two-term state Treasurer Kate Marshall brought in $172,000.
Secretary of state
Assemblyman Nelson Araujo, D-Las Vegas, raised approximately $120,000 in his push to unseat Republican Barbara Cegavske, who raised $105,000 for her re-election campaign.
Republican Bob Beers, a former Las Vegas city councilman and state lawmaker, raised more than $456,000 last year, but more than 90 percent of that was raised for his unsucessful council re-election bid. From the day after the June 13 municipal election to the end of 2017, Beers raised about $34,000.
His Republican challenger, Derek Uehara, who previously ran for Henderson City Council in 2015, reported $53,000 in donations, with $26,000 coming as loans from himself.
Democrat Andrew Martin is also investing his own money in his campaign. Of the $25,696 Martin raised last year, $25,146 was a loan from himself.
Incumbent Republican Ron Knecht raised $44,400 last year, $26,000 of which was a personal loan. Democratic challenger Catherine Byrne reported raising $2,925.
Clark County Commission
For the most part, Democratic candidates for Clark County Commission continued a tradition of outraising and outspending Republicans.
District G incumbent Jim Gibson raised the most, more than $475,000. The former Henderson mayor, who was appointed to the seat last year after Mary Beth Scow resigned, is far ahead of former county Republican Party Chairwoman Cindy Lake, who raised $2,050.
But Republican Tisha Black kept her promise of raising big bucks for the District F seat. She netted more than $250,000, outraising Democrat opponent Justin Jones. The former state senator raised about $160,000. Perennial Republican candidate Mitchell Tracy got $3,000.
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Biggest loans from candidates to their own campaigns in 2017
Jared Fisher – $568,231
Dan Schwartz – $335,000
Craig Mueller – $100,000
Most maxed-out donations (totaling $10,000) received in 2017:
Steve Sisolak: 139
Adam Laxalt: 122
Joe Lombardo: 29
Most money raised in 2017 without an announced opponent:
Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo: $705,465