By Sean Whaley, Nevada News Bureau: Campaign contribution reports for the front-running Republican and Democrat candidates for governor show they are about even in the money-raising and expenditure game.
Republican Brian Sandoval raised just over $900,000 in the first reporting period from Jan. 1 to May 27, but also reported spending nearly $1.1 million in the three-way primary race that includes former North Las Vegas mayor Mike Montandon and incumbent Gov. Jim Gibbons.
Clark County Commission Chairman Rory Reid, who faces only token opposition in his Democrat primary, reported $983,000 in contributions in the same period, and expenses of $982,000.
Gibbons reported only $179,000 in contributions and $184,000 in expenses. Montandon reported $80,000 in contributions and expenses of $114,000.
A review of contributions to the candidates show support from mostly traditional sources. Fellow Republicans and business enterprises donated to Sandoval, fellow Democrats and business entities and labor unions gave to Reid. Both received contributions from different Nevada gaming operators and dozens of individuals.
The primary election is Tuesday.
Sandoval’s report shows that virtually all of his contributions have come from Nevada residents, including $500 from GOP attorney general candidate Jacob Hafter, $2,000 from the Friends of Heidi Gansert, a Reno assemblywoman in her last term, and $1,000 from Nevada state Sen. Dean Rhoads, R-Tuscarora.
The Sen. Bill Raggio Senate Campaign donated $500, as did Raggio, R-Reno, personally.
The Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce, which has endorsed Sandoval, contributed $10,000.
The Las Vegas Hilton and the Boyd Gaming Corp. both donated $10,000 to Sandoval.
Reid too received most of his contributions from within Nevada.
He received four $10,000 contributions from television stations owned by Jim Rogers and the Sunbelt Communications Co., including his Reno and Las Vegas stations. He received another $5,000 contribution from Don King Productions based in Florida.
The Barbara Buckley Campaign donated $2,500. Buckley, D-Las Vegas, is the outgoing speaker of the Nevada Assembly. Assembly Majority Leader John Oceguera, D-Las Vegas, donated $9,999. Friends for Steven Horsford donated $5,000. Sen. Horsford, D-Las Vegas, is the Senate majority leader.
Former U.S. Sen. and Gov. Richard Bryan donated $1,000. Former U.S. Sen. Tom Daschle, D-SD, donated $2,500.
Contributions have also come from several labor unions, including the Laborers’ International Union of North America Local 169 PAC in Reno, totaling $3,000. Another $5,000 came from the Laborers Political League based in Las Vegas. The Nevada Service Employees Union SEIU Local 1107 in Las Vegas donated $5,000.
A number of casinos owned by MGM Mirage also donated $5,000 each to Reid’s campaign, including the Luxor, MGM Grand and Mandalay Bay.
Gibbons received $600 from former GOP Rep. Barbara Vucanovich and $1,000 from Bruce James, a former U.S. Public Printer and chairman of Gibbons’ SAGE Commission. Wynn Resorts contributed $10,000. He also received four $5,000 contributions from companies owned by the Las Vegas Sands Corp.