Democratic incumbent Secretary of State Ross Miller raised $192,275 in campaign contributions from January through May, the first reporting period of 2010. That’s almost five times as much as Republican Rob Lauer, Miller’s likely general election opponent who reported raising $41,591, including $37,731 from himself.
Miller spent $109,025 during the period, but still has plenty of cash to campaign as he reported raising $216,400 in 2009 and spending just $36,200. Lauer wasn’t a candidate last year and reported no fund raising.
Miller reported multiple contributions worth $20,000 from entities related to the family of Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev. ME Aviation, a company controlled by Ensign’s father, Mike Ensign, and Ensign 1993 Trust each gave $10,000, according to the report.
Zuffa LLC, the company that controls the Ultimate Fighting Championship, gave Miller $5,000. Other $5,000 contributors to Miller include: Steven Kenninger Living Trust, Skybridge Capital II, South point Hotel & Casino and NV Realtors PAC.