Rep. Susie Lee launches 6-figure ad buy targeting GOP opponent Rodimer on ‘violent’ past

Susie Lee at a podium wearing a blue shirt

The campaign for Democratic incumbent Susie Lee made its first foray into television advertising Monday with a slate of five ads, including three that take direct aim at Republican challenger Dan Rodimer.  

Part of a six-figure ad buy that began Monday, the ads broadly criticize Rodimer, an ex-wrestler and Las Vegas business owner, for several incidents ranging from 2010 to 2018. Those incidents include one case of alleged assault that triggered his arrest and eventual enrollment in an anger management program. 

Republican candidate for Congressional District 3 Dan Rodimer. (Courtesy/Rodimer for Congress)

The first and longest ad, a 30-second spot titled “Breaker,” accuses Rodimer of maintaining “an alarmingly violent rap sheet.” Using imagery of a wrestling ring, the ad raises the issue of Rodimer’s assault and a 2018 incident, first reported by the Associated Press, in which his then-girlfriend called police to report a domestic disturbance. 

Two more 15-second ads, “Hot Head” and “Dangerous,” play on similar themes, raising the issue of Rodimer’s arrest and the 911-calls. The two remaining 15-second spots, “Problem Solver” and “Our Children,” are positive ads centered on Lee’s work on education, both in Congress and previously as a philanthropist. 

Rodimer has frequently denied any wrongdoing, telling The Nevada Independent during a run for state Senate in 2018 that he had “pushed a bully.” When his primary opponent, Dan Schwartz, raised the issue again earlier this year, his campaign countered that he “has one arrest in his life, with no convictions and no criminal record.”

Though Rodimer’s campaign has yet to take to the airwaves, it has run a number of online advertisements in the months following his primary victory. Most of those ads have targeted Lee on the issue of a coronavirus relief loan received by her husband’s casino company earlier this year, though a number of recent ads have also taken aim at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and touted a recent endorsement from the Las Vegas police union. 

For a complete record of 2020 campaign ads, visit our Ad Tracker here

Lee, Horsford post record fundraising numbers as Democrats outraise Republican rivals in second-quarter

The most devastating economic downturn since the Great Depression has done little to slow Nevada’s political fundraising machine as Democratic incumbents Susie Lee and Steven Horsford each reported record-setting numbers for the second quarter of 2020, according to campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission on Wednesday. 

The pair, who raised roughly $700,000 and $540,000, respectively, led the money race among the eight remaining major party candidates for the looming general election in November. But as each ran primaries without serious or well-funded opponents, they have amassed massive campaign war chests roughly 10 times the size of their Republican challengers — a rare disparity in traditionally competitive House elections.  

Because the second quarter straddles a primary election, these reports are one of few broken in chunks by special pre-election reporting deadlines. 

In Nevada, roughly half of the quarter was captured in early filing reports due back in May, ahead of the state’s June 9 primary. Reports filed Wednesday reflect the latter half of the quarter, including the weeks following those primary results. 

Below is a breakdown of that fundraising by district, ordered by fundraising totals from greatest to least. This story will be updated as filings submitted late-Wednesday become public on Thursday.

DISTRICT 3

Susie Lee - Democrat (incumbent)

  • Q2 receipts: $700,119
  • Q2 spending: $174,105
  • Cash on hand: $2.4 million

Looking to keep her seat in the most competitive congressional district in Nevada, Lee managed her single-best fundraising quarter through the spring, including bringing in nearly $510,000 over the six-week period between the pre-primary deadline in May and the quarterly deadline in June — more than double the $190,000 she raised in the prior six weeks. 

Of that half-million raised in May and June, roughly half, $250,000, came from individuals, more than $140,000 came from PACs, and the final $117,000 came from committee transfers. Those transfers include a single $33,000 contribution from the Hold the House Victory Fund, a group linked to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. 

Dan Rodimer - Republican

  • Q2 receipts: $200,133
  • Q2 spending: $269,558
  • Cash on hand: $253,215

Rodimer — frequently the fundraising leader in the three-way Republican race in the primary — continued a streak of six-figure fundraising hauls, adding roughly $200,000 to his war chest in the second quarter, of which $106,000 came in the final six weeks. 

Still, even as his campaign touted the number as having “shattered internal fundraising goals,” a last-minute spending push ahead of the primary meant Rodimer outspent his donations by nearly $70,000. In May, the campaign reported spending more than $196,000, on top of another $73,000 in the final weeks of the quarter.

Those final weeks also saw some of the first direct injections of party money into the Rodimer campaign, including $7,000 from Republican Whip Steve Scalise and his Eye of the Tiger PAC, $5,000 from the National Republican Campaign Committee and $5,600 from Full House PAC, a group affiliated with former District 3 Rep. Joe Heck. 

Other candidates

A handful of Republicans who ran and lost in the primary race for District 3 also filed reports Wednesday. Among them was former Treasurer Dan Schwartz, who reported giving his campaign an additional $11,000 in the final days of the campaign, adding to $579,000 he had loaned to his warchest in the months prior. 

The campaign for conservative blogger and actress Mindy Robinson, who entered the race just days before the March filing deadline, also reported raising nearly $5,200 in the last weeks of the campaign, boosting her total fundraising to just over $36,000. 

DISTRICT 4

Steven Horsford - Democrat (incumbent)

  • Q2 receipts: $539,496
  • Q2 spending: $153,595
  • Cash on hand: $1.5 million

Horsford, much like Lee, saw his fundraising roughly double in the weeks following the May filing deadline, bringing in more than $366,000 through the back-end of the quarter. Of that money, most of it — $181,000 — came from PAC contributions, while another $149,000 came from individuals and roughly $35,000 came from a transfer from the DCCC’s Hold the House Victory Fund. 

Past filings show Horsford traditionally receives a greater proportion of his fundraising, on average, from outside groups rather than individuals. That remained true in quarter two, where Horsford saw the biggest PAC contributions come from MGM Resorts International, the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, the National Education Association and the party-linked House Majority PAC, each of which gave $5,000.

Jim Marchant - Republican

  • Q2 receipts: $187,111
  • Q2 spending: $201,752
  • Cash on hand: $141,935

Marchant, the former Republican assemblyman hoping to unseat Horsford in November, reported a best-ever fundraising haul of more than $187,000 in the second quarter, of which more than two-thirds — about $136,000 — came from individual donors. An additional $11,000 in contributions came from PACs and none came in the form of candidate loans (Marchant had loaned his campaign more than $110,000 in the run-up to the June primary).

Marchant’s campaign also filed a form Wednesday acknowledging to the FEC that it had made a handful of reporting errors across three reports from 2019 and 2020, including failing to report “financial activity from a third party direct mail vendor” because the information was not provided to the campaign “in a timely manner.” 

The form goes on to note that the campaign has since hired a new consultant for the express purpose of FEC compliance, noting that “until now, the campaign did not have the resources for a professional compliance firm or compliance database.”

Other candidates

Seven candidates ultimately lost to Marchant in the bid for District 4’s Republican nomination. Among those who received more than 5 percent of the vote in the primary: Insurance agent Sam Peters, who finished the primary race nearest Marchant, reported raising more than $23,300; one-time Miss Nevada and business owner Lisa Song Sutton reported raising $34,500 and spending nearly $115,000 in the last days of the primary; former congressional staffer Charles Navarro reported raising just $1,600; and the campaign for business owner Rebecca Wood had not posted an updated quarterly filing as of Wednesday night. 

DISTRICT 2

Mark Amodei - Republican (incumbent)

  • Q2 receipts: $60,900
  • Q2 spending: $88,068
  • Cash on hand: $266,306 

Though the incumbent Amodei outspent his fundraising in the second quarter, his remaining $266,000 in cash on hand places his warchest well beyond that of his Democratic challenger in the lead-up to a reelection bid in ruby-red District 2. 

Much of that spending came before the pre-primary deadline, however, and Amodei reported just over $10,300 over the last six weeks of the reporting period of which half — $5,000 — went to accounting services. 

Patricia Ackerman - Democrat

As of Wednesday night, Ackerman’s updated filing was unavailable via the FEC website. This story will be updated as those records become available. As of the May 20 deadline, however, Ackerman had raised $13,494 and was left with $8,135 cash on hand. 

DISTRICT 1

Dina Titus - Democrat (incumbent)

  • Q2 receipts: $55,262
  • Q2 spending: $58,882
  • Cash on hand: $326,435

Longtime incumbent Dina Titus — who represents the most Democratic congressional district in the state — raised substantially less than her Democratic colleagues in competitive races. Still, like Lee and Horsford, Titus saw much of her money come in the last weeks of the quarter, where she raised more than $41,000. 

A majority of that money, $34,000, came from PACs, while just over $7,600 came from individuals. Among Titus’ biggest donors this quarter were PACs affiliated MGM Resorts International and the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners, which each gave $5,000. 

Titus’ Republican opponent, Joyce Bentley, did not file a pre-primary report, and as of Wednesday night, had not filed a quarterly report, either. 

Election results: Rodimer wins Republican nomination in Congressional District 3, Marchant wins GOP race in District 4

Among the handful of competitive congressional primaries in Nevada, little changed Thursday as state election officials completed initial vote tallies in the state's largely mail-in primary election. 

In the bitter Republican race for Congressional District 3, ex-wrestler and one-time legislative candidate Dan Rodimer has sealed his victory, while the crowded GOP race in District 4 saw former Assemblyman Jim Marchant declare victory close to a week after Election Day.

With the last votes tallied Thursday and only a final canvassing remaining, results are expected to change little ahead of state's final certification.

Below is a breakdown of the tallies in each congressional primary in all four of Nevada’s congressional districts.


Congressional District 3

Rodimer has won the Republican contest in District 3, earning 49.8 percent of the vote, or 25,143 votes, as of Thursday. Rodimer declared victory last Thursday and pivoted his campaign toward a general election match up with incumbent Democrat Susie Lee. 

His nearest challenger, former Treasurer Dan Schwartz, had secured about 27.1 percent of the vote, followed by conservative blogger and actress Mindy Robinson with 13.2 percent of the vote.

In a statement Friday, Schwartz conceded the race and announced that 2020 would mark the end of his electoral career.

Three other candidates, Brian Nadell, Corwin Newberry and Victor Willert, each have secured less than 4 percent of the vote each.

In total, 50,469 votes were cast in the Republican primary as of a preliminary final Thursday. 

In the non-competitive Democratic primary, Lee cruised to victory with 82.78 percent of the vote.

Lee’s challengers, Dennis Sullivan and Tiffany Ann Watson, received 9.8 and 7.4 percent of the vote, respectively.

Congressional District 4

A tight race at the top of District 4’s Republican contest was finally called for Marchant on Monday, who posted a lead of 34.8 percent of the vote, or 15,743 votes as of Thursday. His campaign declared victory early Tuesday.

Peters, the only other candidate in the eight-person field within striking distance of Marchant, remained at roughly 28.1 percent of the vote, or about 12,707 votes. 

Among the rest of the field, little changed with the addition of Wednesday's returns. Former Miss Nevada and business owner Lisa Song Sutton received 15.1 percent, or 6,837 votes; veteran and ex-congressional staffer Charles Navarro received 6.3 percent, or 2,860 votes; small business owner Rebecca Wood also received 6.3 percent, or 2,842 votes; Nye County Commissioner Leo Blundo received 4.2 percent, or 1,920 votes; late-comer Rosalie Bingham received 2.9 percent, or 1,327 votes; and business owner Randi Reed rounded out the pack with 2.3 percent or 1,021 votes.

In the Democratic primary, incumbent Steven Horsford also easily secured his re-nomination, earning 75.1 percent of the vote as of Thursday, or 39,642 votes. His nearest challengers, Jennifer Eason and Gabrielle D’Ayr, received 9.4 and 7.3 percent of the vote, respectively. 

Three additional challengers, Chris Colley, George Brucato and Gregory Kempton, all received less than 3 percent of the vote. 

Congressional District 2

Incumbent Republican Mark Amodei, like the rest of his House colleagues, sailed to an easy victory with 80.8 percent of the vote as of Thursday. His two challengers, Joel Beck and Jesse Douglas Hurley, received 14.8 percent and 4.3 percent, respectively.

In the hotly contested race among Democrats in Northern Nevada’s District 2, small business owner and one-time legislative hopeful Patricia Ackerman declared victory last Wednesday with nearly 50 percent of the vote. 

Thursday's final returns did little to shift that Democratic race; Ackerman remained steady at 48.9 percent of the vote, while Amodei’s 2018 challenger Clint Koble and newcomer and former journalist Ed Cohen received 22.8 and 13.3 percent of the vote, respectively. 

Four other challengers, Rick Shepherd, Reynaldo Hernandez, Steve Schiffman and Ian Luetkehans, each received 7.4 percent or less of the vote. 

Congressional District 1

Incumbent Democrat Dina Titus enjoyed a similarly wide margin of victory in Tuesday’s primary, winning about 82.6 percent of the vote as of Thursday. Her two challengers, Anthony Thomas Jr. and Allen Rheinhart, received 11.2 percent and 6.2 percent, respectively.

In the four-person Republican field looking to challenge Titus, Joyce Bentley — who lost badly to Titus in 2018’s general election — sealed a victory with 35.7 percent of the vote, or 5,565 votes. She was trailed by Josh Elliot (29.1 percent), Citlaly Larios-Elias (20.2 percent) and Edward Hamilton (15 percent). 

Congressional incumbents dominate in cash on hand as primary challengers outspend them for a chance to advance

A ballot cast in a mailbox

Republicans Dan Rodimer and Dan Schwartz are on strong financial footing heading into the final days of the 3rd Congressional District primary, and, in District 4, Lisa Song Sutton and Jim Marchant have the most in the bank for the home stretch.

Disclosure reports that reflect the last seven weeks of campaigning show that spirited GOP primaries in districts held by Democrats Susie Lee and Steven Horsford have resulted in significant spending while the incumbents enjoy a large cash on hand advantage.

District 3 has seen three competitors spending thousands in the weeks before the June primary, including former state Treasurer Schwartz, who spent upwards of $400,000 in the seven-week pre-primary period alone. In District 4, Song Sutton is leading the eight-way race in expenditures after spending $148,000 during the pre-primary period.

The fundraising pre-primary period covers the time elapsed between the last campaign finance quarterly report and 20 days before the primary election. For Nevada, it covers the period between April 1 and May 20; the deadline for submitting the report was Thursday, ahead of Election Day on June 9.

The only Republican incumbent, Mark Amodei of District 2, has more cash on hand than either of his Democratic competitors but Clint Koble has been the highest spender, burning through more than $47,000 in the pre-primary period.

DISTRICT 1

Encompassing the Las Vegas Strip, downtown Las Vegas and surrounding areas, District 1 is the bluest of Nevada's four congressional districts. Incumbent Dina Titus has held the seat since 2013 after taking 63 percent of the vote in the 2012 election. Before Titus, Democratic Rep. Shelley Berkley held the seat from 1999 to 2013.

Dina Titus – Democrat (incumbent)

  • Pre-primary receipts: $13,565
  • Pre-primary spending: $29,575
  • Cash on hand: $314,045

Incumbent Dina Titus reported raising $13,565 and spending $29,575 in the pre-primary period. She has $314,045 in available cash for what will likely be a win for Titus in both the primary and the general election.

Her largest donation in the final days before the primary came in the form of $5,600 from George Marcus, a billionaire real estate broker living in California. Titus' highest expenses were for consultant services.

Before representing District 1, Titus served as a state senator for 20 years beginning in 1988 and then went on to represent District 3 from 2009 to 2011 but was ousted by Republican Joe Heck in 2010.

Citlaly Larios-Elias – Republican

  • Pre-primary receipts: $500
  • Pre-primary spending: $1,946
  • Cash on hand: $257

Citlaly Larios-Elias is a veteran who, after she was discharged after injuring her back and legs, acquired a bachelor’s of fine arts fashion design. After she got married in 2016, she turned her attention to raising her family and decided to run for office after she saw the economic effect of COVID-19.

During the pre-primary period, she raised $500 and spent $1,946. Her funds went toward office supplies, consulting costs, a folding table and fees associated with filing for office. At the end of the pre-primary period, she had $257 in cash on hand. 

This is Larios-Elisa’s first run for office. On her website, she lists endorsements from Nevada Veterans PAC and the controversial organization, Veterans in Politics.

Several candidates running for the seat did not file pre-primary reports or have reported less than $500 in contributions during the period:

  • Kamau Bakari, Independent American
  • Joyce Bentley, Republican
  • Josh Elliot, Republican
  • Eddie Hamilton, Republican
  • Anthony Thomas Jr., Democrat
  • Joseph Maridon, Nonpartisan
  • Allen Rheinhart, Democrat
  • Robert Van Strawder, Libertarian

DISTRICT 2

The district covers the northern third of the state and includes Carson City (the state capital), Reno and vast swaths of rural Northern Nevada. It is the only Republican-leaning district in the state. Republican Rep. Mark Amodei has held the seat since 2011 when he won a special election. In 2018, Amodei defeated Democratic challenger Clint Koble with 58.2 percent of the votes in the general election.

Past officeholders include former U.S. Sen. Dean Heller and former Gov. Jim Gibbons — both Republicans.

Mark Amodei  – Republican (incumbent)

  • Pre-primary receipts: $15,765
  • Pre-primary spending: $77,736
  • Cash on hand: $231,504

Amodei leads in spending for District 2, raising $15,765 in the pre-primary period and spending $77,735 on expenses such as advertising, consulting and donor relations including meals and entertainment.

Despite spending the largest amount during the pre-primary period, Amodei still had the most cash on hand out of the other candidates in the district with $231,503 in available funds. His top donors include the National Beer Wholesalers Association, which gave the campaign $2,500, Tuesday Group PAC, which donated $2,000, and the National Association of Realtors and PAC Unitatis – each contributed $1,000.

Ed Cohen – Democrat

  • Pre-primary receipts: $17,362
  • Pre-primary spending: $47,299
  • Cash on hand: $2,241

Democratic challenger Ed Cohen raised $17,362 during the pre-primary period and spent $47,299, which left him with $2,241 cash on hand heading into the final days of the primary.

Cohen is a former newspaper reporter who now directs marketing for the National Judicial College in Reno. He has been spending at a steady clip putting money toward consulting, digital advertising and texting services.

Earlier on in the cycle, he gave his campaign a boost with a $31,500 loan to himself.

Clint Koble – Democrat

  • Pre-primary receipts: $36,399 ($140 in loans)
  • Pre-primary spending: $39,263
  • Cash on hand: $1,374

Democratic challenger Clint Koble reported $36,399 in contributions during the pre-primary period and $39,263 in expenditures. Many of the contributions and expenditures are "in-kind" services donated to the campaign, such as people managing social media or coordinating volunteers for the campaign. He has $1,374 cash on hand as the primary approaches.

Koble is a former state director for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency. Before that, he was the executive director of the Nevada Rural Development Council. Similar to other candidates, most of his spending centered around consulting services, digital media platforms and mailers.

Patricia Ackerman – Democrat

  • Pre-primary receipts: $13,494
  • Pre-primary spending: $28,640
  • Cash on hand: $8,135

A former independent undercover FBI agent, actress, small business owner and Democratic hopeful, Patricia Ackerman raised $13,494 in contributions and spent $28,640 ahead of Election Day. The candidate had $8,135 in cash on hand at the end of the pre-primary period.

Most of Ackerman’s spending focused on mailers, campaign consulting and digital advertisements. Ackerman previously ran for Assembly District 39 in 2018 but lost the seat to Republican incumbent Jim Wheeler, who won with 65.4 percent. 

Rick Shepherd – Democrat

  • Pre-primary receipts: $1,125
  • Pre-primary spending: $10,755
  • Cash on hand: $2,020

Democratic candidate and owner of Synux Technologies in Northern Nevada Rick Shepherd raised $1,125 during the pre-primary period and spent $10,755. Shepherd has a cash on hand balance of $2,020.

Over $9,000 of the candidate’s spending during the period went towards radio, media, and online advertising while the remaining amount covered mailers. 

Several candidates running for the seat did not file pre-primary reports or have reported less than $500 in contributions during the period. These candidates are:

  • Joel Paul Beck, Republican
  • Janine Hansen, Independent American
  • Reynaldo Hernandez, Democrat
  • Jesse Douglas Hurley, Republican
  • Richard John Dunn III, Nonpartisan
  • Ian Luetkehans, Democrat
  • Steve Schiffman, Democrat

DISTRICT 3

District 3 covers the area south of Las Vegas and most of unincorporated Clark County as well Henderson and Boulder City. Democratic incumbent Susie Lee won the seat in the 2018 general election with 51.9 percent, succeeding Democrat Jacky Rosen, who left after one term to run for the U.S. Senate. 

Susie Lee  – Democrat (incumbent)

  • Pre-primary receipts: $190,144
  • Pre-primary spending: $78,807
  • Cash on hand: $2,005,508

Lee leads the district in fundraising for the pre-primary period with total contributions amounting to $190,144. She spent $78,807 in the pre-primary period and has a cash on hand balance of $2,005,508 heading into the final days of the election.

Lee is an education advocate and philanthropist who previously served as the president of the dropout prevention organization Communities in Schools of Nevada and as the founding director of After-School All Stars. Most of Lee’s expenses went toward salaries, digital services and catering.

Dan Schwartz – Republican 

  • Pre-primary receipts: $52,445 ($2,445 in contributions, $50,000 in loans)
  • Pre-primary spending: $423,108
  • Cash on hand: $53,330

Republican challenger Dan Schwartz falls in the middle of the pack of candidates with $52,445 worth of contributions coming in during the pre-primary. However, the majority of the donations came from $50,000 he loaned to his campaign. 

In terms of spending, Schwartz outspent every other candidate in District 3 using $423,108 to pay for consulting, advertisements, phone calls to voters, digital services and other campaign-related expenses. As the primary comes to a close, Schwartz has $53,329 in cash on hand.

Dan Rodimer – Republican

  • Pre-primary receipts: $93,505
  • Pre-primary spending: $196,263
  • Cash on hand: $219,882

During the pre-primary period, Republican hopeful Dan Rodimer, a one-time pro-wrestler, received $93,505 in contributions. Rodimer’s campaign spent $196,236 on various expenses such as mailings, consulting, marketing and social media costs with a large portion of those earmarked for Facebook media placement fees.

As the primary winds down, Rodimer has $219,882 in cash on hand. Among the donations Rodimer received, $1,000 came from Dana White, the president of Ultimate Fighting Championship, and $2,800 from P. Lee Halavais, the president of the mining company High Desert Gold Corporation.

Mindy Robinson – Republican

  • Pre-primary receipts: $27,421 ($25,921 in contributions, $1,500 in loans)
  • Pre-primary spending: $24,561
  • Cash on hand: $6,259

Republican challenger Mindy Robinson, an actor and activist, joined the Republican primary at the last minute but brought in $27,421 in contributions during the pre-primary period, including a $1,500 loan to herself. In the pre-primary period, she has spent $24,560 and has $6,259 in cash on hand at its end.

Most of Robinson’s spending has focused on advertising through billboards, radio and newspapers, postage for campaign mailings and get out the vote efforts. More than half of the contributors to her campaign are from other states such as Utah, Massachusetts, California and Colorado.

Several candidates running for the seat did not file pre-primary reports or have reported less than $500 in contributions during the period:

  • Steve Brown, Libertarian
  • Gary Crispin, Democrat
  • Ed S. Bridges II, Independent American
  • Brian Nadell, Republican
  • Corwin “Cory” Newberry, Republican
  • Dennis Sullivan, Democrat
  • Tiffany Ann Watson, Democrat
  • Victor R. Willert, Republican

DISTRICT 4

District 4 encompasses the northern portion of Clark County as well as the central region of the state. Represented by Democrat Steven Horsford, the district is host to a crowded Republican primary this year with an eight-way race for a spot in November’s general election ballot.

Incumbent Horsford previously held the seat from 2013 to 2015 before losing to former Republican Cresent Hardy in the 2014 election. He reclaimed his seat from Hardy in a rematch in 2018.

Steven Horsford – Democrat (incumbent)

  • Pre-primary receipts: $173,092
  • Pre-primary spending: $75,111
  • Cash on hand: $1,281,574

With $173,092 raised during the pre-primary period, Democratic Rep. Steven Horsford yielded the highest amount of contributions out of the candidates in District 4. During that same period of time, he spent $75,111 and has a cash on hand balance of $1,281,573. 

Horsford served as a state senator for eight years before running for the 4th Congressional District in 2013. His reelection campaign was marked with his recent acknowledgment of a years-long extramarital affair that began at the pinnacle of his eight-year legislative career. Some of Horsford’s Republican challengers have called for an investigation into whether public dollars were used to support the affair — an allegation Horsford’s office has denied.

Gabrielle D’Ayr – Democrat

  • Pre-primary receipts: $800
  • Pre-primary spending: $455
  • Cash on hand: $345

Gabrielle D’Ayr, a Democratic candidate taking on Horsford in the primary, has raised $800 and spent $455 during the pre-primary period.

D’Ayr is the vice president of the Nevada Federation of Democratic Women and has largely self-funded her campaign. All of her spending during the period leading up to the primary has been on yard signs.

Jim Marchant – Republican

  • Pre-primary receipts: $55,543
  • Pre-primary spending: $99,347
  • Cash on hand: $187,374

Semi-retired businessman, former assemblyman and Republican hopeful Jim Marchant raised $55,543 during the pre-primary period and spent $99,347 on consulting fees, automated phone calls and other campaign-related expenses. Heading into the end of the primaries, Marchant had a healthy cash on hand balance of $187,374.

Much of that balance comes from $110,100 Marchant loaned himself earlier on in the election cycle.

Charles Navarro – Republican

  • Pre-primary receipts: $10,392
  • Pre-primary spending: $16,801
  • Cash on hand: $18,137

Republican challenger Charles Navarro has reported raising $10,392 and spending $16,801 during the pre-primary period. He has a cash on hand balance of $18,137.

Navarro’s campaign has been partially self-funded, with $9,807 contributed under his own name in the pre-primary period alone. The majority of his spending has gone toward consulting and direct mail services.

A member of the U.S. Navy reserves, Navarro was formerly a re-entry manager with Hope for Prisoners and has worked for multiple representatives in Washington D.C.

Leonardo Blundo – Republican

  • Pre-primary receipts: $2,500
  • Pre-primary spending: $6,977
  • Cash on hand: $3,912

Nye County Commissioner Leonardo Blundo, a Republican, reported raising $2,500 during the pre-primary period and spending $6,977. The campaign has a cash on hand balance of $3,912 going into the primary, but Blundo accrued debts amounting to $10,635 for consulting and printing and design services this period.

The candidate is also a small business owner, running Carmelo’s Bistro in Pahrump. 

Sam Peters – Republican

  • Pre-primary receipts: $34,772
  • Pre-primary spending: $83,178
  • Cash on hand: $11,777

Republican challenger Sam Peters reported raising $34,772 and spending $83,178 during the pre-primary period. As the primary comes to a close, Peters has a cash on hand balance of $11,777.

Peters is the owner of the Vegas-based risk management firm Peters Family Insurance. He retired from the U.S. Air Force as a major in 2013 after more than 20 years of service. Previously, Peters was a member of the board for Summerlin Rotary International. Most of his spending in the pre-primary period went toward advertising and consulting.

Randi Reed – Republican

  • Pre-primary receipts: $625
  • Pre-primary spending: $6,968
  • Cash on hand: $20,816

Republican candidate Randi Reed raised $625 in the pre-primary period and spent more than 10 times that amount at $6,968, leaving the campaign with a cash on hand balance of $20,816.31.

Reed, who has nicknamed her campaign “The Fury,” is the owner of a furniture store in Sparks and has said she is running to make up for the lack of Republican women in Congress. She spent most of her campaign budget on consulting and media buys.

Lisa Song Sutton – Republican

  • Pre-primary receipts: $55,914
  • Pre-primary spending: $147,922
  • Cash on hand: $106,139

Small business owner and Republican hopeful Lisa Song Sutton reported raising $55,914 and spending $147,922 during the pre-primary period, making her the biggest spender on the ballot. As the primary approaches, the campaign has a remaining cash on hand balance of $106,139.

Song Sutton received a $5,000 donation during this period from Elevate PAC or E-PAC, a political action committee focused on electing Republican women to office. The committee also named Sutton one of its “Rising Stars.” 

The owner of Sin City Cupcakes in Las Vegas, Song Sutton has worked exclusively in the private sector, and her experience as a businesswoman is something she has touted throughout her campaign, saying often that it’s time for private sector individuals to “come off the sidelines.”

Rebecca Wood – Republican

  • Pre-primary receipts: $3,692
  • Pre-primary spending: $4,548
  • Cash on hand: $3,323

Republican candidate Rebecca Wood reported raising $3,692 and spending $4,548 in the pre-primary period. As the period comes to an end, the candidate has a cash on hand balance of $3,323.

The majority of Wood’s funding during this period came from merchandise purchases, and much of her spending went toward printing and fulfilling those orders, with $374 spent on BMF Apparel and $2,728 on wholesale printing and distribution.

Wood is a businesswoman and a 30-year Las Vegas resident and is calling herself the “real person” in the race rather than a career politician or someone with “big money.”

Several candidates running for the seat did not file pre-primary reports or have reported less than $500 in contributions during the period. These candidates are:

  • Rosalie Bingham, Republican
  • George J. Brucato, Democrat
  • Christopher Kendall Colley, Democrat
  • Jennifer Eason, Democrat
  • Jonathan Royce Esteban, Libertarian
  • Gregory Kempton, Democrat
  • Barry Rubinson, Independent American

Updated at 12:56 p.m. on June 1, 2020 to correct rankings on pre-primary fundraising in District 2 and clarify the nature of Clint Koble contributions.

What to watch in the 2020 primary election: Congressional District 3

Voter registration forms

As the presidential caucus has drifted into the past and with no statewide offices up for grabs in 2020, a pair of hotly contested congressional primaries on June 9 may draw battle lines for the coming push by the major parties to take or keep control of the House in November. 

One of them is District 3, where Democrats have maintained control since 2016. But a narrow voter registration advantage of just 3 percentage points for Democrats and swingy voters year-to-year have made the district one of two dozen nationwide that Republicans hope to flip in their attempt to regain control of the House. 

Incumbent Susie Lee enters 2020 without an intraparty primary fight. As a result, Lee has spent the last two years amassing an enormous campaign warchest of more than $2 million — roughly twice the amount on hand for all her Republican challengers combined. As of now, the Cook Political Report rates the race as “Lean Democratic.”

The Republican Primary

Though District 3 seat is viewed as a potential 2020 pickup opportunity by the national Republican Party, just three major candidates — including just one with prior elected experience — have jumped into the race. 

As much as all three have sought to cast Lee as a liberal stooge of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other “radical Democrats,” so, too, have they raced to stake a claim as the most conservative of the lot. In many ways, the race to be the Republican to take on Lee has been defined by the candidates’ push to establish their own conservative bonafides and cast off rivals as “liberals” or “RINOs” — shorthand for Republican in name only.

First to enter the race was Dan Schwartz, a one-term state treasurer who later mounted a failed gubernatorial bid in 2018 against the eventual Republican nominee Adam Laxalt. 

Schwartz has frequently led the money race among Republicans in District 3 — ending the first quarter with more than $424,000 in cash on hand — though that lead has come largely through the sheer force of self-financing. Through the first quarter of 2020, Schwartz loaned his campaign nearly $530,000, far more than any of the candidates.

On the trail, Schwartz has cast himself as a “pro-Trump constitutional conservative” and leaned on his credentials in the finance world and on his stint in Carson City. Schwartz has often made reference to his time as treasurer in campaign advertising, including raising his opposition to the state’s 2015 tax on businesses grossing more than $4 million annually and touting his efforts to raise red flags on a deal between the state and fledgling carmaker Faraday Future in 2016 — a deal that eventually fell apart.

Schwartz long avoided tangling with his fellow primary opponents, instead taking to social media to tout his time as treasurer and endorsements from perennial Republican congressional candidate Danny Tarkanian and his wife, former state GOP Chair Amy, and former Clark County Commissioner Bruce Woodbury. 

That changed, however, with a recent slate of campaign attacks targeting his longest-running opponent in the race: Dan Rodimer. 

Rodimer, an ex-wrestler turned businessman and political commentator, sought early on to outflank Schwartz from the right. Branding himself as “Big Dan Rodimer,” the one-time legislative candidate has leaned heavily on the visual trappings of his wrestling past, posing with American-flag-themed title belts and emblazoning a comic-book-esque silhouette of himself on his campaign signs, mailers and website. 

In the fundraising race, Rodimer has so far kept pace with Schwartz, and with far less of his personal money spent on campaign loans. Rodimer ended the first quarter with $323,000 in cash on hand, of which $165,000 came from candidate loans.

On the issues, Rodimer has most recently placed safely reopening the economy among his top priorities, though his pre-pandemic campaign largely centered on key portions of the Republican platform, including 2nd Amendment rights, border security and an opposition to abortion. 

He has also appeared at several Reopen Nevada rallies as he sought to provide his own “8-step plan” to reopen the state’s economy, in large part by handing authority to local leaders and local businesses. 

And, as the primary has neared, Rodimer picked up a handful of his own endorsements in the form of nods from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and ex-Attorney General and former Schwartz opponent Adam Laxalt. 

On the campaign trail and in a bevy of campaign advertising, the Fox News-regular has cast his campaign as “the only campaign that can beat Susie Lee,” frequently targeting Schwartz as “anti-Trump” and a “liberal.” 

Amid those attacks, Schwartz struck back last month by resurfacing an incident in which Rodimer was arrested following an assault inside a Florida Waffle House in 2010. Charges against Rodimer were eventually dropped following his completion of an anger management course, and as such the incident did not create a criminal record. 

Schwartz then went a step further in his attacks, accusing Rodimer of yet more legal troubles, including an additional assault, forgery and unpaid debts. 

Schwartz’s campaign has posted documents related to those incidents online, including a police report from Collier County, Florida from May 14, 2011 that details an incident where Rodimer, then 33 years old, allegedly punched a classmate from the Ave Maria Law School outside a local nightclub.

A warrant for misdemeanor battery was issued on May 26, 2011, and county records show Rodimer was arrested by Florida police in August of that year. But court records suggest the arrest stemmed solely from the 2010 incident at the Waffle House and do not reference the alleged battery at the nightclub several months later.

Schwartz’s campaign also accuses Rodimer of “fraud and forgery,” claims that appear to stem from a 2010 lawsuit filed against Rodimer and his then-business partner, Seth Williams, by fellow wrestler and ex-business partner Randy Orton. 

According to court documents, Orton had entered into business with Williams and Rodimer with plans to develop real estate in Texas. In his suit, Orton claims that Williams admitted to forging his signature in order to take out a $1.4 million loan from Texas-based Prosperity Bank as they looked to finance construction of several townhomes.

Though that loan was approved in 2008, Orton reported discovering the alleged fraud in 2009, at which point he ended his business relationship with Williams, Rodimer and Legend LLC. Court documents show the company eventually defaulted on the loan in 2010, kicking off foreclosure proceedings and prompting Orton to sue to avoid involvement. 

The case was eventually dismissed after Prosperity Bank agreed not to report harmful information about Orton’s credit amid the foreclosure process.

Finally, Schwartz alleged that Rodimer had avoided payment on a $350,000 judgment awarded by a Texas Court to First National Bank, eventually resulting in a tax lien. Court documents confirmed the judgment was issued on June 24, 2011. No additional documents on the matter nor any record of payments or other liens were available through the Harris County, Texas courts.      

In an initial statement sent to The Nevada Independent, Rodimer campaign manager Ed Gonzalez called the charges “ridiculous,” adding in part that “the fact remains that Dan Rodimer has one arrest in his life, with no convictions and no criminal record.” 

The campaign did not immediately respond, however, when asked for additional details on the nature of the May 2011 battery incident and payment on the $350,000 judgment. 

In the waning days before candidate filing closed, another conservative challenger appeared in the race in the form of Mindy Robinson, an actress and online political commentator with a devout following across social media that numbers in the hundreds of thousands. 

Throwing her hat in the ring just as the pandemic began to emerge as a national crisis in early March, Robinson reported raising little before the first-quarter filing deadline — just over $3,000. 

But that number belies Robinson’s online efforts, where she has spent much of her campaign’s energy on social channels seeking to raise her profile as a candidate and poke at the credentials of her rivals and, in particular, Rodimer. 

In tweets and Facebook posts that often garner hundreds of likes and retweets, Robinson has called her opponents “crooked” RINOs, frequently taunted Rodimer for refusing to debate her, and mocked Rodimer for taking a “photoshoot with a shotgun” while she was “actively defending the 2nd Amendment for years.”

In these ways and more, Robinson has emerged as a candidate of-and-by the post-2016 conservative internet, a place in large part defined by the ideological crusade of sites from Breitbart to Infowars. She’s long run the conservative blog “Red White and ‘F’ You” where her tagline is that “my politics are conservative … the way I talk isn’t!” and where articles frequently take aim at social media giants for censorship and at “leftist” Democrats for culture-war-driven conspiracies.

In recent weeks, Robinson’s posts to that website have taken aim against Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak’s actions during the coronavirus pandemic and have accused Democrats of voter fraud amid the switch to mail-in voting.

Robinson has railed against alleged voter fraud in her online writings and has made the implementation of voter ID policies a core part of her campaign pitch. 

Though claims of rampant voter fraud have long been featured in GOP campaign platforms, evidence of such fraud is rare. A database maintained by the conservative-leaning Heritage Foundation lists more than 1,200 verifiable cases of fraud dating back to 1982, of which six took place in Nevada between 2011 and 2017. 

Robinson has received the endorsement of convicted Trump confidant and famed political “dirty trickster” Roger Stone, who said in a video posted to her campaign website that, though he normally wouldn’t endorse a candidate, he would make an exception for Robinson as a “solid, dependable conservative.”

But, with no publicly available polling among Nevada’s congressional races, Robinson’s ultimate effect on what had for months been a two-horse race will remain unknown until the final ballots are counted post-election day. 

About District 3

Encompassing much of the southern half of Clark County and a handful of Las Vegas’ wealthiest suburbs, District 3 was first carved out in 2001 as part of a reapportionment process that handed the Silver State its third seat in the House. 

Much of the district’s history has been dominated by Republicans, with just a single two-year cycle — a one-term stint from current District 1 Rep. Dina Titus in 2008 — interrupting 12 years of Republican control between 2002 and 2016. 

The electoral calculus began to shift in 2016, when political newcomer Jacky Rosen narrowly defeated Tarkanian and flipped District 3 for the first time in six years — even as the district’s voters narrowly broke toward Donald Trump. 

That Democratic advantage widened in 2018, when a nationwide “blue wave” carried Rosen to the Senate and pushed newcomer Lee to a 7.8 percentage point victory over Tarkanian, who had once again launched a bid win District 3 after bowing out of a primary bid against then-Sen. Dean Heller. 

Now in Congress, Lee has run her re-election bid unopposed. With little need to spend money or actively campaign, the congresswoman has built a massive campaign war chest exceeding $2 million — far more than any single candidate in any Nevada congressional race and roughly double the cash-on-hand for all her Republican challengers combined. 

Still, national Republicans believe they have an opening in District 3. The Democratic voter registration advantage is narrow — 36.7 percent of voters there are registered as Democrats, with 33.8 percent as Republican and 23.6 percent as non-partisan — and any small push among fence-sitting Republicans or non-partisans could decide a narrow race. 

President Trump won the district by 1 percentage point in 2016 and strong historical turnout in years excluding 2018 have placed the district firmly on the RNC’s watchlist. Several Republican-linked PACs have already spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to attack Lee over the airwaves hoping to pressure her during the impeachment process. 

Those attacks have sought to paint Lee as an unabashed liberal, tying her both to Democratic congressional leaders such as Pelosi and to the party’s vocal liberal wing, including New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. 

Whether those attacks will stick to Lee — who has spent her first years in Congress among the bipartisan Problem-Solvers Caucus and voting alongside the party’s moderate wing — will play out on November 3.

Democrats lead first-quarter congressional fundraising as traditional campaigning hits pause amid coronavirus

Overhead view looking down on voting stations

Nevada’s congressional Democrats continued to open up a wide lead in the fundraising race through the first quarter of 2020, even as widespread shutdowns amid the coronavirus pandemic largely shuttered campaign efforts in March. 

The numbers come as part of the final filing deadline before Nevada’s June 9 primary, an election that will for the first time be conducted largely by mail-in ballots

Below is a breakdown of that fundraising by district, ordered by fundraising totals from greatest to least. 

DISTRICT 3

A district that covers much of the southern half of Clark County and includes many of the Las Vegas metro area’s wealthiest suburbs, the so-called swingy District 3, has switched hands between the two major parties since its creation in 2002. 

The district has most recently been controlled by Democrats, following a narrow win by now-Sen. Jacky Rosen in 2016 and a 9 point victory by Susie Lee in 2018. Still, a narrow victory in the district by Donald Trump in 2016 and small voter registration gaps have marked District 3 as one of a few-dozen nationwide that may become key to deciding which party controls the House in 2021.

Susie Lee - Democrat (incumbent)

  • Q1 Receipts: $512,000
  • Q1 Spending: $162,000
  • Cash on Hand: $1.89 million

Freshman Democrat Susie Lee continued to lead the fundraising race among Nevada’s congressional candidates, raising more than $200,000 from individual donors and another $164,000 from political action committees. Lee rounded out the quarter with an additional $123,000 in authorized committee transfers, extending her fundraising lead and outpacing the entire Republican field by more than $200,000.

Some of Lee’s notable donors this quarter include former Las Vegas City Councilman Bob Coffin and the corporate PAC for Caesars Entertainment. As usual, Lee’s biggest checks were cut to consultants, including Colorado-based 4Degrees, which received more than $20,000 for digital advertising, consulting and email hosting. 

Dan Rodimer - Republican

  • Q1 Receipts: $164,000
  • Q1 Spending: $136,000
  • Cash on Hand: $323,000

One-time pro-wrestler turned Fox News regular Dan Rodimer reported raising nearly $164,000 in the first quarter, including, for the first time, no new candidate loans. His campaign had previously received $165,000 in loans. 

Still, Rodimer spent nearly all of the money his campaign brought in, boosting his cash on hand by only $28,000. Like other candidates, Rodimer spread much of that spending between a variety of consultants, but unlike the field, Rodimer has concentrated a notable portion of spending on advertising. That includes nearly $8,000 spent on more than 30 separate Facebook ad-buys. 

Dan Schwartz - Republican

  • Q1 Receipts: $143,000 ($43,000 in contributions, $100,000 in loans)
  • Q1 Spending: $166,000
  • Cash on Hand: $424,000

Former Treasurer Dan Schwartz continued to supplement his war chest this quarter with two large personal loans of $50,000 each, adding another $100,000 to a campaign that has now received nearly $530,000 in candidate loans. 

Among the 26 donors who gave to Schwartz this quarter, seven gave the maximum $2,800 contribution, though none of the seven came from Nevada. In terms of spending, Schwartz spent more than $20,000 than he raised this quarter, with much of the sum falling to consultants BrabenderCox LLC ($97,000) and McShane LLC ($26,000).

Mindy Robinson - Republican

  • Q1 Receipts: $3,547
  • Q1 Spending: $148
  • Cash on Hand: $3,399

A last-minute entry into the Republican primary, activist and actor Mindy Robinson did not organize her campaign until March 14, just days after Gov. Steve Sisolak issued his first statewide shutdown order and as concerns around the impacts of the coronavirus on normal life began to accelerate. 

One candidate who filed in District 3, Republican Corwin Newberry, did not file a campaign finance report with the FEC. Other candidates who have dropped out or did not qualify for the race include Republicans Zach WalkerLieb and Tiger Helgelien, Democrat Richard Hart and independent candidate Alex Pereszlenyi.

DISTRICT 4

A geographically sprawling district that encompasses parts of Las Vegas, North Las Vegas and much of the state’s central rural counties, District 4 has been held by Democrats for all but one cycle since its creation in 2012. That exception came in 2014, when Republican challenger Cresent Hardy unseated then-freshman Democrat Steven Horsford in an upset win. 

Horsford retook the seat in 2018, defeating Hardy in an open race after incumbent Democrat Ruben Kihuen declined to mount his own re-election bid amid a sexual harassment investigation.

Steven Horsford - Democrat (incumbent)

  • Q1 Receipts: $309,000
  • Q1 Spending: $156,000
  • Cash on Hand: $1.18 million

Incumbent Democrat Steven Horsford continued to open up a fundraising lead over his possible Republican challengers through the first quarter, raising more than $309,000, spending $155,000 and ending the quarter with nearly $1.2 million cash on hand. 

For comparison, the six Republicans still campaigning for the chance to challenge Horsford in November have roughly $548,000 combined in cash on hand heading into the last few weeks before the June primary. 

A little more than half of Horsford’s total, $158,000, came from individual donors, while another $146,000 came from PACs and $2,200 came from authorized committee transfers. Much of Horsford’s $156,000 in disbursements went to consultants and staffing, including $25,000 to the Strathdee Group out of Washington, D.C. and $20,000 to 4Degrees, Inc., among others. 

Jim Marchant - Republican

  • Q1 Receipts: $100,000
  • Q1 Spending: $78,000
  • Cash on Hand: $231,000

Former Republican Assemblyman Jim Marchant led Republican fundraising efforts in District 4 for the first time since the third quarter of 2019, and for the first time he did not supplement his fundraising efforts with candidate loans. 

Of the $100,000 Marchant raised this quarter, most of it — more than $64,000 — came from just 15 donors giving between $2,800 (the maximum contribution for a single campaign) and $5,600 (the maximum contribution for a single cycle, including both a primary and general election). 

Marchant spent the single-largest chunks of money on consulting, including $18,500 on local firm McShane LLC, but a majority of his campaign spending was dozens of small operating expenses. 

Lisa Song Sutton - Republican

  • Q1 Receipts: $79,000
  • Q1 Spending: $68,000
  • Cash on Hand: $198,000

After leading Republican fundraisers in the crowded race for District 4 last quarter, former Miss Nevada Lisa Song Sutton fell to second place this quarter with $79,000 raised, including $72,000 in individual contributions and $6,000 in PAC contributions. 

Unlike Marchant, however, many of Song Sutton’s individual contributions — more than $47,000 — came through the online fundraising platform WinRed, an attempt by Republicans to mirror the success of the Democratic fundraising app ActBlue. 

Like the rest of the field, Song Sutton spent the largest sums of money on consultants, including $11,000 to Reno-based J3 Strategies, $10,000 to Texas-based Amplify relations and $5,000 to Las Vegas consultant Greg Bailor.

Sam Peters - Republican

  • Q1 Receipts: $62,600 ($47,000 in contributions, $15,000 in loans)
  • Q1 Spending: $90,000
  • Cash on Hand: $60,000

Veteran and local business owner Sam Peters raised the third-most among the crowded Republican field, though he continued to boost his campaign coffers with an additional $15,000 in candidate loans. To date, Peters has loaned his campaign more than $84,000. 

Most of the individual contributions were small, with just one reaching the $2,800 maximum. Peters also drastically outspent his fundraising in the first quarter, eating into his reserves by roughly $30,000. Like the other candidates, that spending flowed largely to consultants, including $9,800 to Henderson-based Osambela and Associates, $9,000 to right-wing radio host Wayne Allen Root and $8,300 to Massachusetts-based Tuesday Associates. 

Randi Reed - Republican

  • Q1 Receipts: $54,000
  • Q1 Spending: $60,700
  • Cash on Hand: $27,100

Business owner Randi Reed narrowed the fundraising gap with the leading Republican candidates in the first quarter, raising more than $54,300, including more than $50,800 from individuals and roughly $3,500 from PACs. Among Reed’s notable donors are Michael and Paula Gaughan, co-owners of the South Point hotel who each gave the $5,600 maximum, and several dozen contributions made through WinRed.

Still, Reed outspent her fundraising and ate into cash reserves by roughly $6,000, leaving just $27,000 amid the final campaign push before the June primary. Of that money, nearly all of it, $48,700, went to 10 campaign consultants. 

Charles Navarro - Republican

  • Q1 Receipts: $5,800
  • Q1 Spending: $14,100
  • Cash on Hand: $24,500

A distant fourth in the fundraising race, veteran and ex-congressional aide Charles Navarro raised just $5,800 in the first quarter, though not all of those contributions were itemized. Among the four contributions that were, just one — a $2,700 donation from Weston Lee Adams, owner of the Western States Construction company — approached the maximum. 

Spending nearly $14,200, Navarro also cut deeply into his cash on hand, leaving a little more than $24,500 in reserve. Those reserves were largely built up through more than $78,000 in loans Navarro made to his campaign in 2019.

Rebecca Wood - Republican

  • Q1 Receipts: $5,100 ($2,100 in contributions, $3,000 in loans)
  • Q1 Spending: $4,700
  • Cash on Hand: $4,100

Small business owner Rebecca Wood reported just three itemized contributions in the first quarter totaling a little more than $1,000. Wood received another $1,000 in unitemized donations, and buoyed her bottom line with a $3,000 loan. 

Wood spent nearly all of that money, $4,700, with more than $780 going toward loan repayments and an additional $2,000 going toward the payment of country musician Trey Taylor, who held a fundraising concert with Wood in February. 

Leo Blundo - Republican

  • Q1 Receipts: $4,900
  • Q1 Spending: $1,500
  • Cash on Hand: $8,300

With roughly $4,900 in contributions, Nye County Commissioner Leo Blundo trailed the rest of the Republican field for the second quarter in a row. Among Blundo’s contributors is Ahern Rentals CEO Don Ahern, who gave Blundo $2,000, as well as roughly a dozen small contributions made through WinRed. 

Blundo reported just three expenses in the first quarter, including two email marketing bills and a $1,000 payment to marketing consultant Lisa Mayo. 

Jonathan Royce Esteban, a Libertarian Party candidate for District 4, did not file a financial report with the FEC. 

DISTRICT 2

A district that includes Reno and the remaining areas of rural Nevada, District 2, holds the distinction of being the only remaining Republican stronghold in the state. The one-time seat of former Sen. Dean Heller and former Gov. Jim Gibbons, both Republicans, the district has been held by incumbent Republican Mark Amodei since 2011, when he defeated Democrat Kate Marshall in a special election to replace the outgoing Heller. 

Mark Amodei - Republican (incumbent)

  • Q1 Receipts: $89,700
  • Q1 Spending: $129,700
  • Cash on Hand: $293,400

Amodei continued to burn through his campaign war chest in the first quarter, spending roughly $40,000 more than he brought in in the first three months of 2020.

Some of that spending came in large chunks, including $30,000 to the National Republican Campaign Committee for dues and $31,000 to the firm Wyman & Associates for advertising. But Amodei also spent several thousand on operational expenses, as well as nearly $6,900 on meals and entertainment for “contributor relations.”

Still, the congressman ended the quarter with nearly $300,000 in the bank, no challenger for the Republican nomination and a wide fundraising head start over any of his possible Democratic challengers. 

Ed Cohen - Democrat

  • Q1 Receipts: $52,151 ($20,651 in contributions, $31,500 in loans)
  • Q1 Spending: $19,900
  • Cash on Hand: $32,100

A former newspaper reporter who now directs marketing for the National Judicial College in Reno, Cohen surged to a fundraising lead among Northern Nevada Democrats in the first quarter, raising more than $20,000 and boosting his war chest with an additional $31,000 in loans. 

Even so, Cohen — or any Democrat — will likely face a longshot bid against Amodei in November. In 2018, a year when Democrats swept dozens of House seats amid a Republican push to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Amodei won his reelection by more than 16 points. 

Patricia Ackerman - Democrat

  • Q1 Receipts: $40,300 ($27,600 in contributions, $12,700 in loans)
  • Q1 Spending: $21,000
  • Cash on Hand: $23,300

Ackerman, who tried and failed to unseat Republican Assemblyman Jim Wheeler in 2018, rose to second place among competing Democrats in the first quarter, with more than $40,300 in contributions, including roughly $12,700 in candidate loans. 

Clint Koble - Democrat

  • Q1 Receipts: $27,700 ($18,300 in contributions, $7,700 in loans)
  • Q1 Spending: $22,800
  • Cash on Hand: $4,200

Amodei’s 2018 general election opponent, Clint Koble, burned through nearly all of his campaign reserves this quarter as he looked to once again secure a shot at Amodei in November. Much of that spending fell into operating expenses, but nearly half — $9,800 — went to loan repayment. 

Rick Shepard - Democrat

  • Q1 Receipts: $2,670
  • Q1 Spending: $2,630
  • Cash on Hand: $11,650

Local business owner and self-identified progressive candidate Rick Shepard trailed the other two Democrats in District 2, raising just over $2,600 and spending nearly all of it through the first quarter of 2020. Still, with $11,650 left on hand, Shepard will enter the home stretch of the primary with the third-most cash on hand among Democrats. 

Two other candidates, Republican Jesse Hurley and Democrat Steven Schiffman, did not file reports with the FEC. 

DISTRICT 1

As District 2 goes red, so does District 1 go blue. Located in the urban core of Las Vegas, the deep blue district has been held by incumbent Democrat Dina Titus since 2012. Titus ran for the seat after losing her previous reelection bid in nearby District 3 in 2010, which she had held for one term after a win in 2008.

Dina Titus - Democrat (incumbent)

  • Q1 Receipts: $48,000
  • Q1 Spending: $59,000
  • Cash on Hand: $330,000

Entering the 2020 race with no intra-party challenger and at little risk from a Republican challenge in November, Titus finished the first quarter with the least money raised of any Nevada incumbent, just $48,000. Most of it, $29,000, came from a handful of contributions from PACs, while the remaining $19,000 came from several dozen individual contributions.

Citlaly Larios-Elias - Republican

  • Q1 Receipts: $3,000
  • Q1 Spending: $1,600
  • Cash on Hand: $1,700

Army veteran Citlaly Larios-Elias, the lone challenger to Titus, reported raising just $3,000 from five contributions through the first quarter, with no contribution hitting the $2,800 maximum. Larios-Elias also reported spending about half that money, $1,600, on a number of operating expenses including printing and consulting. 

Schwartz releases first television ad in campaign for 3rd Congressional District

Former state Treasurer Dan Schwartz went up on Friday with his first television ad in his campaign for Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District.

The 30-second spot, titled “Now It’s Time,” details Schwartz’s background as a veteran, businessman, and state treasurer. It also highlights how he sounded the alarm about electric car company Faraday Future, which the Legislature planned to give hundreds of millions of dollars in tax incentives to before the company abandoned its plans to build a factory in North Las Vegas.

“As state treasurer, Dan Schwartz exposed a government scheme saving taxpayers millions.  He’s been called an outsider and a maverick,” the ad says. “Now, it’s time to call Dan Schwartz our Congressman.”

The ad is running on cable in the Las Vegas market, and is the first ad in a buy that will run through primary day in June. His campaign did not specify how much money is backing the ad buy.

Schwartz, who lost the Republican gubernatorial primary in 2018 former Attorney General Adam Laxalt, is seeking to oust Democratic Rep. Susie Lee from her swingy, suburban House seat. But he faces a difficult Republican primary first, where he will go up against ex-professional wrestler Dan Rodimer, who was endorsed by former Attorney General Adam Laxalt and House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy, and Mindy Robinson, a pro-Trump political commentator and actress.

He is the first candidate in the race announce a TV buy.

Watch the ad below:

Indy 2020: The loser of the Iowa Democratic caucus — the apps

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Good morning, and welcome to Indy 2020, a biweekly newsletter focused on the 2020 presidential election in Nevada. A reminder that email subscribers get early access to this newsletter, so be sure to subscribe and tell your friends. It’ll be peachy.

I pre-wrote some of this newsletter last week — before all the Iowa insanity — and I put in a little boilerplate line in to kick off this section: “A lot has happened since the last newsletter!”

Looking back, this is the understatement of the century from a much more optimistic four-days-ago Megan.

I’m going to get into all the fun (is “fun” the right word?) app drama, the who won the Iowa caucus drama and all the other pre-Nevada caucus drama I can think up in the section below. But before we get there, just a little aside from my travels about the less glamorous side of campaigning.

I was sitting in the terminal at Des Moines Airport yesterday morning — trying to write as much of the first pass of this story as I could before boarding my flight back to Las Vegas — when who should so happen to sit down on the bench across from me but Tom Steyer, in full suit and standard issue red plaid tie. He sat there, looking at his phone, I think, for awhile. 

Every so often someone would come up to him and say hi or ask to take a picture. He talked on the phone at points, but he seemed to start mid-conversation, which made me wonder: Was he just pretending? While we were getting ready to board, Siri loudly announced from a passenger’s phone: “Tom Steyer’s net worth is $1.6 billion.” I looked around. I didn’t see Steyer. The passenger then announced his incredulity that someone worth that much would fly commercial. (To be fair, it is something Steyer promised to do in his campaign to show his commitment on climate change.)

When I was boarding the plane, I passed Steyer, who had a folded up newspaper in his hands with a crossword puzzle on it. I didn’t see him again after I got off. (He was off to an evening rally at Robert O. Gibson Middle School.)

There’s not really a particular point to this story other than to say the guy on your TV and your radio and the billboards, he’s just another person, on a plane, making his way through this world. (Albeit with a billion dollars.)

You know the drill. Email any tips, thoughts, questions, comments and suggestions to megan@thenindy.com. Without further ado, a download of the recent 2020 happenings in Nevada (and Iowa.)


TOP OF MIND

The winner of the Iowa Democratic caucus is…? Honestly, who even knows. Do we care? Does it matter? I was so interested to see the profound letdown last night on social media of not knowing who won. I get it. Journalists and operatives have spent months on the ground gearing up for Iowa’s Democratic caucus and then to have it end not with a bang but a whimper? I would feel the same way. But it honestly got me thinking about what we build Iowa up to be. Iowa matters (sorry, to steal a turn of phrase) because we say it matters, as operatives, as journalists, and as interested members of the public. But the sun has now risen and set still without a concrete answer and… we’re okay. The world is still turning. Maybe Iowa is just a tautological proposition.

Okay, for real, the actual winner of the Iowa Democratic caucus is…? We still don’t know! But what we do know is that former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg is leading with about 26.8 percent support, followed by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders at 25.2 percent, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren at 18.4 percent, former Vice President Joe Biden at 15.4 percent, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar at 12.6 percent, tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang at 1.1 percent and billionaire Tom Steyer at 0.3 percent. This is only based on 71 percent of precincts reporting, and the Iowa Democratic Party hasn’t given a timeline for when the rest of the results will be in.

So what does it all mean? It will be interesting to see how Berniementum and Petementum carry forward into New Hampshire and Nevada. Sanders is already polling well here, but Buttigieg has lagged. If his Iowa bump is at least somewhat sustained through New Hampshire, it could help him significantly here. By the same token, it’s looking increasingly likely that Nevada will be the all-important firewall for the former vice president in this race.

Interestingly, though not all that surprisingly, a poll taken by the progressive organization She the People taken between Jan. 21-24 found Biden leading among women of color in Nevada with 24 percent support. He was followed closely by Sanders, with 22 percent. Another 22 percent were undecided. Other candidates received smaller levels of support including Steyer (14 percent), Warren (10 percent) and Yang (5 percent.)

The poll, which was conducted by Anzalone Liszt Grove Research and first reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, sampled 393 women of color who were Democrats or left-leaning nonpartisans and were contacted online and through cellphone and landline interview. The margin of error was 4.9 percentage points.

Why does this matter? Because, again, Nevada is the first diverse state to weigh in on the presidential nominating contest, and voters here aren’t just going to rubber stamp whoever just because Iowans and New Hampshirites say so. And when it comes to organizing in communities of color, you can’t just show up one day and ask for someone’s vote the next.

About those apps: If you follow me on Twitter — which I hope you do! Because  I tweet excellent content about Pokemon and “Cats” and occasionally politics —  you’re up to speed on the latest with the app drama. But the short tl;dr version this is: Iowa Democrats created an optional caucus reporting app. They apparently did not give their volunteers very much time to get comfortable with the app or much training on how to use it. On top of that, there was a coding error, according to Iowa Democrats, that caused some numbers to be reported incorrectly even though the underlying data was correct. Frustrated with the app, many precinct captains instead called into a hotline to report their results, which they found was jammed and unable to handle the incoming traffic. (There were also some reports that people just didn’t bother to download the app.) And all of that added up to no results from the Iowa Democratic caucus being released until Tuesday afternoon.

All of that matters because Nevada also has an app — two of them actually! Or had. The Nevada State Democratic Party announced on Tuesday that it had terminated its relationship with Shadow Inc., the political technology company that had developed both the Iowa and Nevada apps. Without the Shadow apps, it’s hard to see how the Democrats will be able to find another app-based solution in the next 17 days, which means they’ll have to switch to an entirely paper system (one of the backup methods) or devise some other Option C. Democrats have not given a timeline for when they will announce their new caucus plan.

If you’re curious and missed out on all of this, I wrote all about it here.

Ne-VAY-duh: Sunday seems so long ago, a simpler time. I spent my Sunday morning in the town of Nevada, Iowa (yes, pronounced Ne-VAY-duh) learning about its history and talking to residents about the caucus. If you want something (slightly) more lighthearted, I’d recommend giving this a read.


ON THE INDY

What happens in Iowa only happens in Iowa: On Sunday afternoon and evening I spent some time talking to Iowans about their first in the nation caucus — spoiler alert, they pretty much are happy with the process — and whether they should be allowed to keep it. (Another spoiler, they do, though some acknowledge the diversity argument.) You can read more here.

Who has caucused in Nevada, and who will caucus this time? This seems like ages ago at this point, but in this weekend deep dive, I took a look at who historically caucusgoers in Nevada are — data suggest many of them are female, older and live in the suburbs, with a significant concentration of caucusgoers in Northern Nevada — and what changes to the caucus process this time around might mean for efforts to make the process the most diverse and accessible yet.

Steyermentum in Nevada: The weekend before the weekend before the Iowa caucus, Steyer was campaigning in Nevada while his opponents were halfway across the country. I took a look at the California billionaire’s play for Nevada and the traction he’s managed to gain with voters on the ground here.

Bloomberg on the Las Vegas debate stage? The Democratic National Committee announced on Friday that it is expanding the criteria for presidential candidates to qualify for the debate stage in Las Vegas next month. They are removing the donor threshold, which has until now kept former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg from the debate stage as he is self-funding his campaign, and adding a new delegate threshold, which will allow candidates to qualify for the stage simply by receiving national delegates out of the Iowa and New Hampshire nominating contests. Details here.

Republicans plan delegate vote for day of Democratic caucus: The Nevada Republican Party plans to vote to pledge its delegates to President Donald Trump on Feb. 22, the day of the Democratic presidential caucus in Nevada. My colleague Riley Snyder has more.

The war of the ads: Several Democratic presidential hopefuls have either gone up with their first TV ads in the last couple of weeks or added additional spots, including digital and radio ads. Sanders released his first TV ads in English and Spanish, Warren’s first TV ad was also in Spanish, and Biden up with his first radio ad in Spanish, as well as a series of new biographical ads. For the latest, check out our campaign ad tracker. Interestingly, Warren recently canceled a flight of ads between Feb. 17 and 23 in Nevada and South Carolina.

More youth turnout in 2020? Turnout rates for 18- and 19-year-old voters in Nevada’s 2018 election were higher than the turnout rate of older millennials. What does that mean for the upcoming election? Indytern Tabitha Mueller has more.


CAMPAIGN NUGGETS

Upcoming candidate visits

  • Buttigieg and Steyer will attend a National Faith Forum at the Mirage being held Feb. 12-14. Buttigieg will join by phone and Steyer will appear in person.
  • Yang will attend a town hall with actor Ken Jeong at the Mosaic on Feb. 13 and a “Bagels and Politicos” event at the Latin Chamber of Commerce on Feb.14.
  • Biden is slated to return to Nevada on Feb. 16 for yet-to-be-announced events.
  • For the latest, check out our presidential candidate tracker.

New endorsements

  • Biden was endorsed by 17 African American community leaders from Nevada, including former Assembly Majority Leader William Horne.
  • Gloria Caoile, a longtime labor and AAPI community leader and former National Political Director for the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), endorsed Warren.
  • Biden was endorsed by 19 community and political leaders, including a Washoe County School District trustee, a North Las Vegas city councilman, and several former elected officials and county party chairs.
  • The fairly new LGBTQ civil rights organization Silver State Equality, which I wrote about last year, has endorsed Buttigieg for president.
  • Steyer received several small business endorsements in Nevada, including from Trina Jiles, owner of Gritz Café.
  • Assemblywomen Selena Torres and Dina Neal endorsed Biden for president.
  • Warren received an endorsement from West Wendover City Councilwoman Kathy Durham, among others.
  • For the latest, check out our presidential endorsement tracker.

Surrogate stops

  • Abdul Henderson, a veteran and Steyer’s senior national deputy campaign manager, held a veterans appreciation luncheon for the Nevada Democratic Veterans and Military Families Caucus on Jan. 24
  • Evan Low, Yang’s national campaign co-chair and a California assemblymember, was in Las Vegas on Jan. 24 and 25. He attended a roundtable with AAPI business leaders, a parade celebrating Chinese New Year and an event with the Nevada Democratic Veterans and Military Family Caucus.
  • Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan (and former presidential hopeful) campaigned for Biden in Reno and Carson City on Jan. 25, hosting a caucus training with local firefighters and a Carson City office opening.
  • Warren campaign manager Roger Lau was in Las Vegas on Jan. 25 to kick off an AAPI weekend of action with a canvass launch during an office opening event in Chinatown and host a Lunar New Year celebration.
  • Several surrogates were in town to attend two progressive summits the weekend of Jan. 25 and 26, including former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro (Warren), former Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis (Biden), Ambassador Carol Moseley Braun (Biden), Jane Sanders (wife of Bernie Sanders), and civil rights leader Lamell McMorris (Buttigieg.) Many of the surrogates also attended other events while in town.
  • Actor Danny Glover campaigned for Sanders in Las Vegas on Jan. 25 and 26. He attended a King Week Scholarship Banquet, a church service at Nehemiah Ministries and a Las Vegas community roundtable.
  • Olympian Michelle Kwan campaigned on Jan. 25 in Las Vegas for Biden. She attended the Las Vegas Chinese New Year in Desert Festival Parade, a precinct captain party and potluck in East Las Vegas, and the Summerlin Lunar New Year event.
  • New York State Assemblywoman Catalina Cruz, a Warren surrogate, attended a Spanish-language roundtable with Mi Familia Vota and hosted a Women of Color Mixer in Las Vegas on Friday.
  • Former Secretary of the Interior and Colorado Senator Ken Salazar hosted a canvass kickoff in North Las Vegas, attended a Rural Nevada Democratic Caucus meeting and joined a Native American Caucus Central Committee Meeting on Saturday on behalf of Biden.
  • California Rep. Ami Bera campaigned in Las Vegas on Monday for Biden. He attended a precinct captain training and hosted a “Chai and Chat” event focused on mobilizing the AAPI community.
  • Sam Steyer, son of Tom Steyer, and Axel Adams, Steyer’s national African American outreach director, will be in Las Vegas on Feb. 6 for a Black Men’s Roundtable at Eclipse Theaters.
  • Rep. Dina Titus is slated to campaign for Biden in Northern Nevada on Feb. 8 and 9.

Staffing changes and office openings

  • Klobuchar’s team has brought on a data systems ambassador to manage precinct-level outreach in Clark County. They have also brought on six ambassadors to focus on the campaign’s operations in Washoe County, including marketing and donor engagement.

Other election news

  • On Jan. 22, the Sanders campaign announced that it has knocked on more than 200,000 doors statewide in all 17 counties, held nearly 5,000 canvasses, phone banks, and other direct voter contact events, made more than 2.7 million phone calls to voters, recruited more than 2,500 Caucus Day volunteers and opened 11 offices and brought on more than 110 staff across the state. The campaign promised to knock 300,000 doors in the final month of the campaign before Nevada’s Feb. 22 caucus.
  • The same day, Warren weighed in on Twitter on an immigration-related lawsuit against the city of Las Vegas: “Las Vegas must honor its pledge to stop unconstitutionally detaining immigrants.”
  • Sanders released a new video “Home Health Care Workers Deserve Respect” on Jan. 24, ahead of SEIU Nevada’s Unions for All Summit.
  • A group of educators and students joined a Nevada Educators and Students for Pete group.
  • Biden launched a Nevada Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Leadership Council. The group will be chaired by Ash Mirchandani, a Las Vegas business and community leader, and Doris Bauer, a board member of the National Federation of Filipino American Associations, will be vice chair.
  • The Nevada State Democratic Party and the Young Dems hosted caucus trainings for college students last week in Reno and Las Vegas.
  • The campaign also completed a day of action with volunteers on caucus recruitment over the weekend, reaching 30 percent of their donor base across 15 counties.
  • Chispa Nevada hosted a second Spanish-language caucus training on Tuesday.

DOWN BALLOT NEWS

Former GOP Assemblyman running for CD4 raises $156,000 in Q4: Jim Marchant, a Republican former assemblyman hoping to take on Democrat Rep. Steven Horsford in Nevada’s 4th Congressional District, has raised more than $156,000 in the last quarter of 2019, putting his cash on hand at a little more than $209,000. My colleague Jacob Solis has more.

Former treasurer raises $565,000 in bid against Lee in CD3: Former Treasurer Dan Schwartz, who is hoping to challenge Democratic Rep. Susie Lee in Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District, announced he has raised more than $565,000 through the end of and has more than $447,000 cash on hand. More from Jacob on that here.


OTHER REQUIRED READING

Incumbent congressional Democrats enter 2020 with wide head-start on fundraising race, filings show

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As 2019 wound to a close, the season of giving proved to be a boon for incumbent Democrats Susie Lee and Steven Horsford, who combined to rake in more than $1 million ahead of the December 31 deadline, according to filings made last week with the Federal Election Commission.

Nine Republican candidates across both Lee and Horsford’s districts combined to raise roughly $1 million themselves, but more than half of that sum —  about $536,000 — came in the form of candidate loans. 

Lee and Horsford will likely be the only of Nevada’s four House members to see competitive elections in 2020. Lee in particular has already become a frequent target for national Republicans, who have sought to tie the moderate Democrat to the party’s progressive left wing in the wake of December’s vote to impeach President Donald Trump. 

In the less competitive District 1 and District 2, represented by Reps. Dina Titus and Mark Amodei, respectively, there was far less fundraising activity. The two incumbents raised less than $300,000 combined, and no challenger in either district has yet to bring in more than five-figures. 

Below is a breakdown of fourth-quarter fundraising data by congressional district, ordered by the total money raised by declared candidates in that district. 

District 3

Much like the third quarter, incumbent Democrat Susie Lee led all of the state’s congressional candidates with more than $600,000 in fourth-quarter fundraising, bringing her total on the year past $2 million and leaving her campaign with more than $1.5 million cash on hand — by far the most of any congressional candidate in the state up for election in 2020.

It was also among the best fundraising hauls among all House members. For the first time, Lee cracked the top-50 House fundraisers, sandwiched at number 46 between fellow Democrats Reps. Sheri Bustos of Illinois and Jennifer Wexton of Virginia. 

A little more than half of Lee’s fourth-quarter total, about $353,000, came from individual donors, while another $145,000 came from political action committees (PACs). The remaining $100,000 for the quarter came through a transfer from another of Lee’s campaign committees.  

Individual donations are capped by federal law at $2,800 per candidate, per election, meaning no donor can give more than $5,600 directly ($2,800 for the primary, and another $2,800 for the general election). 

Among those individual donors who maxed out their contribution to Lee are a number of Las Vegas business heavyweights, including Cashman Equipment CEO Mary Kaye Cashman, MGM Resorts International President William Hornbuckle and businessman and frequent Democratic donor Stephen Cloobeck. 

Among the $147,000 Lee spent last quarter, much of it ($69,000) was split between salaries ($30,000) and consultants, including $26,000 to Colorado-based digital consultant 4Degrees Inc., $9,000 to Virginia-based fundraising consultant Fiorello Consulting and $3,750 to the Maryland-based Maccabee Group for research consulting. 

Another Democrat, Richard Hart, filed for the 2020 race in late 2018, but has yet to file any other documents with the FEC in the time since. 

Though Lee has so far outpaced any possible Republican rivals, two candidates have so-far dominated the fundraising race for the GOP: former state Treasurer Dan Schwartz and ex-pro wrestler Dan Rodimer. 

Schwartz held a narrow edge over Rodimer in fourth quarter fundraising ($302,000), fundraising on the year ($565,000) and cash on hand ($447,000) — though he has also poured an extensive amount of his own money into the race in the form of personal loans. Schwartz gave his campaign $250,000 in the fourth quarter alone, boosting his loans for the year up to nearly $430,000, or roughly three-quarters of his total campaign war chest. 

Of the almost $53,000 Schwartz spent last quarter, most went to political consultants. That includes $21,000 to local firm McShane LLC and $10,000 to North Carolina-based Saligram and Associates for fundraising consulting. 

Close behind Schwartz is Rodimer, who raised $250,000 through the fourth quarter and $502,000 over the year, leaving his campaign with $294,000 cash on hand. Like Schwartz, Rodimer has placed a substantial amount in candidate loans into his 2020 bid — $100,000 in the fourth quarter and $165,000 through the entire election cycle so far. 

Rodimer also proved to be the biggest spender in District 3 in the fourth quarter, doling out more than $168,000 and even outspending Lee by a margin of about $20,000. Much like the other candidates, a majority of that money was spent on various kinds of political consulting, with $95,000 spread across eight different consulting firms. 

Unlike his opponents, however, Rodimer has already begun to spend thousands on advertising, including more than $20,000 in media placement fees to South Carolina firm Point1 (of which ex-White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer is a partner) and another $9,000 in fees to Silver State Radio, which operates two music stations in Las Vegas. 

Another Republican candidate, Corwin “Cory” Newberry, has yet to file campaign finance documents with the FEC. Two other Republicans, Tiger Helgelien and Zach WalkerLieb, as well as an independent candidate, Alex Pereszlenyi, have dropped out of the race. 

District 4

Democratic incumbent Steven Horsford raised more than $455,000 for his reelection bid in the fourth quarter, putting his yearly total at more than $1.5 million and leaving just over $1 million cash on hand. His war chest is larger than all but Lee’s, and it leaves him far ahead of his Republican rivals in the fundraising race, who together combine for just $674,000 cash on hand. 

Of Horsford’s fourth-quarter fundraising, a little more than half ($217,000) came from PACs, while $210,000 came from individuals and another $27,500 came from Democratically-aligned committee transfers. Among Horsford’s notable donors are Cosmopolitan CEO William McBeath ($5,600), Jonathan Gray, president of the real estate group Blackstone ($2,800), and MGM Resorts President William Hornbuckle ($2,800).

The nature of the dozens of PACs that gave to Horsford ranged widely, from corporate PACs linked to WalMart ($3,000) or NV Energy ($2,500) to political or policy-based PACs like the House LGBTQ caucus-linked Equality PAC ($7,500) and Planned Parenthood Action Fund ($1,000). 

Of Horsford’s near-$180,000 in money spent, a little less than half of it, $71,000, went to consultants and pollsters, including $29,000 for an internal poll in October. Nearly all of the remainder went to operating expenses, from Lyfts and Ubers to email hosting to event catering. 

Among the seven Republicans still looking for the chance to take on Horsford in November, former Assemblyman Jim Marchant ended the quarter on top, raising $156,000 for the quarter and $333,000 on the year, leaving his campaign with just over $209,000 cash on hand. 

After losing his seat in the Assembly in 2018, Marchant has sought to cast himself as fully in-line with the Republican party’s right wing, even gaining the endorsement last week of Freedom Caucus regular Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona. 

But only about $56,000 of Marchant’s fundraising came through individual donors, including a maximum contribution from New York investor Edward Bramson. Filling out the rest of the quarterly total was a last-minute $100,000 candidate loan, tripling his total and bringing his total loans on the year to $110,000. 

Of the $39,000 Marchant spent, the largest single chunk went to consulting firm McShane LLC ($15,000), with much of the rest going to operating expenses. 

Marchant was followed by veteran and insurance salesman Sam Peters, who raised more than $145,000 for the quarter, marking his 2019 total at more than $283,000 and leaving nearly $206,000 cash on hand. But like Marchant, Peters buoyed his receipts with a last-minute $79,550 loan on Dec. 31, the last day before the fundraising period ended. That loan also raises his total loans on the year to more than $157,000. 

Peters’ biggest donors were largely retirees, including at least one retired Navy captain and six others who gave the $2,800 maximum. In terms of spending, roughly two-thirds of Peters’ budget ($21,000 of $32,000 spent overall) went to advertising, including signs, radio and Facebook ads.    

Though third among Republicans in raw fundraising totals, former Miss Nevada and local business owner Lisa Song Sutton led Republicans in individual contributions for the second quarter in a row, raising more than $130,000 in the fourth quarter and $258,000 through the year. 

With $187,000 left in the war chest, the Song Sutton campaign has touted itself as the only Republican campaign with five-figures of cash on hand and no outstanding debt, with Song Sutton herself having so far given no loans to her campaign. A lack of loans hasn’t meant a lack of contributions, however, as Song Sutton did contribute $15,000 to her campaign in the fourth quarter and $35,000 through 2019. 

Though federal law limits individual contributions to $2,800, any money spent by a candidate on their own campaign is considered “personal funds,” and those funds are not subject to limits so long as they are reported. 

Song Sutton received 20 maximum contributions, including donations from Texas-based attorney Sonny Patel ($5,600) and UFC fighter Cory Hendricks ($2,800). And of $42,000 in spending, the largest chunk once again went to consulting and advertising (nearly $26.000), including $19,000 for Texas-based firm Amplify Relations. 

Among the remaining Republicans, none broke the $100,000 mark for the quarter. Business owner Randi Reed came closest with $57,940 for the fourth quarter, $105,000 for the year and $33,000 cash on hand, while veteran Charles Navarro, who raised $107,000 through 2019 — largely on the back of a $75,000 loan from the third quarter — brought in just $9,500 in the fourth quarter, all while spending more than $53,000. 

Nye County Commissioner Leo Blundo raised the least of any candidate, just $1,500 for the quarter, $46,000 for the year and leaving $5,000 cash on hand. It was a quarterly haul even below that of nurse Catherine Prato, who dropped out of the race this month after raising just over $4,200. 

Another late entry to the Republican race, Leo Dunson, has yet to file any financial documentation with the FEC. 

District 2

Incumbent Republican Mark Amodei brought in a modest $144,000 in the fourth quarter, bumping his total for the year to near-$456,000 and leaving his reelection effort with just over $333,500 in the bank. 

Amodei’s fundraising was largely split evenly three ways between individual donors ($52,000), PACs ($43,000) and committee transfers ($49,000). Among individuals and PACs, notable donors include Monarch Casino and Resorts President Bahram Farahi ($1,000), Retail Association of Nevada Executive Director Mary Lau ($800) and several PACs linked to Boeing ($3,500) and military contractors Northrop Grumman ($2,500) and Lockheed Martin ($2,000).

Amodei’s increased fourth-quarter fundraising was not enough, however, to push his campaign into the black for 2019. Though spending just $57,000 in the last three months of the year, Amodei spent just over $470,000 over the course of the year, dipping into his cash reserves by a margin of roughly $15,000. 

Of that $57,000, much of it went to consulting and accounting fees ($26,000), with the rest falling to a mix of operational expenses such as gas mileage or catering. 

Other candidates in District 2 include two Democrats, Clint Koble and Patricia Ackerman, though neither managed to raise more than $100,000 on the year. Koble came closest, raising $28,000 for the quarter and nearly $75,000 for the year, but consistent spending has left Koble with only $4,500 cash on hand. 

Ackerman, who only entered the race in November, reported raising more than $15,000, including a $5,000 candidate loan. Much of that money went back into operating expenditures, however, and Ackerman enters 2020 with just over $4,000 cash on hand. 

Two other candidates, Democrat Edward Cohen and Republican Jesse Douglas Hurley, did not report raising any funds in 2019. 

District 1

Arguably the safest member of Nevada’s House delegation — more than 48 percent of voters in District 1 are registered Democrats, compared to just 21 percent registered Republican — incumbent Democrat Dina Titus reported raising more than $125,000 for the quarter, lifting her yearly total to nearly $443,000 and leaving $341,000 cash on hand. 

Titus’ fundraising was roughly split evenly between individual contributions ($63,000) and PACs ($62,500), with notable donors including lobbyist Jay Brown ($2,800), filmmaker Robin Greenspun ($2,800) and PACs linked to Newmont Mining ($2,500), AT&T ($2,000) and Amazon ($1,500). Titus also received a handful of $5,000 from several unions, including Laborers International and the Transport Workers Union. 

Of the $58,000 Titus spent, more than half went to transfers to other Democratic campaign committees, including $30,000 to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and another $2,500 to the state Democratic Party. Of the remainder, $6,700 went to Wisconsin-based consultant Run The World Digital, with the rest going to operating expenditures such as food, payroll and travel. 

Titus’ only challenger, Republican Citlaly Larios-Elias, reported raising $305 for the quarter, including a $100 donation from the candidate. Larios-Elias reported spending just 50 cents, though no more detailed information was available through the campaign’s FEC filing. 

Dan Schwartz, running to be GOP challenger to Rep. Susie Lee, announces more than $565,000 in 2019 fundraising

Former state Treasurer Dan Schwartz, one of two Republicans jockeying for the chance to challenge Democratic incumbent Susie Lee in the state’s 3rd Congressional District, announced he raised more than $565,000 through 2019, leaving his campaign with more than $447,000 cash on hand. 

Schwartz’s campaign did not release specifics on his fourth-quarter fundraising in a press release sent Monday morning, but comparisons to campaign receipts from the third quarter show his campaign raised roughly $300,000 in the final three months of the year. 

Of that total, about $250,000 came from personal loans, according to the Schwartz campaign. That amount more than doubles Schwartz’s personal contributions to his own congressional bid since he entered the race last summer. 

In the third quarter of 2019, roughly $180,000 in loans from Schwartz to his campaign boosted his fundraising total to about $264,000, keeping him on-par with fellow Republican candidate and former pro-wrestler Dan Rodimer, who raised $251,000 — of which $65,000 came from loans. 

Still, even with increased war chest, Schwartz lags far behind Lee in the fundraising race for District 3. Lee announced earlier this month that her campaign brought in more than $600,000 in the fourth quarter, pushing her cash on hand past $1.5 million entering 2020.

District 3 is a swingy district encompassing much of the southern half of Clark County, including many of Las Vegas’ wealthiest suburbs. Though the seat has swung between both major parties since its creation in 2003, it has been held by Democrats since the narrow, 1-point victory by now-Sen. Jacky Rosen in 2016. 

Lee, who ran unsuccessfully in the Democratic primary for Congressional District 4 in 2016, rode a statewide blue wave in 2018 to a 9-point victory in District 3. 

Still, Lee — whose district voted for Trump by a 1-point margin in 2016 — has become one of about three dozen moderate freshman Democrats in the crosshairs of a national Republican Party looking to regain control of the House. Since August of last year, Lee has been the target of multiple high-priced attack ad campaigns looking to pressure her on the issue of impeachment.