The Election Money Picture in Nevada


As we near the primary election date it is instructive to take a look at how Nevada is doing so far as providing money to candidates. After all, “money is the mother’s milk of politics,” so said Jesse “Big Daddy” Unruh, former treasurer of California.

In Nevada there is a single Democrat who has raised and reported campaign contributions, namely Democratic Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid. Senator Reid has raised $16,753,816.

On the Republican side the candidates reporting campaign contributions are:

Sue Lowden (R)……………………………………………………………………………………. $2,172,211

John Gregory Chachas (R)………………………………………………………………………. $2,029,183

Danny Tarkanian (R)……………………………………………………………………………… $1,117,118

Sharron E. Angle (R)……………………………………………………………………………… $948,330

Chuck Kozak (R)…………………………………………………………………………………… $179,476

Mark Amodei (R)………………………………………………………………………………….. $87,181

Chad Ryan Christensen (R)……………………………………………………………………… $78,114

Billy Parson (R) ……………………………………………………………………………………. $76,845

Robin Titus (R)…………………………………………………………………………………….. $24,187

Mike Wiley (R)…………………………………………………………………………………….. $7,882

Terry Suominen (R)……………………………………………………………………………….. $3,919

Senator Harry Reid (D) has spent $8,653,388 leaving him with $9,421,477 to spend. He has raised $4,198,252 (25%) from PAC contibutions, $11,645,966 (70%) from individual contributions. He has not spent any money in financing his campaign himself.

Sue Lowden (R) has spent $1,903,316, leaving her with cash on hand of $268,894. Her PAC contributions total $10,650 (0%), individual contributions are $1,456,156 (67%) and her self-financing $704,800 (32%).

John Gregory Chachas (R) has spent $739,053. He has $1,290,129 on hand. He has raised $7,000 from PACS (0%), from individuals $698,401 (34%) and self-financing of $1,320,000 (65%).

Danny Tarkanian (R) has spent $836,717, has $280,400 on hand. He raised $15,325 (1%) from PACS, $1,068,988 (96%) from individuals and $32,338 (3%) self-financing.

Sharron Angle (R) has spent $395,804, leaving her with $430,545 on hand. $4,000 of her money came from PACs, $944,173 (100%) from individuals and $(0%) from her self-financing.

Overall Nevada Democrats have received 62.6% of the contributions; Republicans $37.1%, according to Center for Responsive Politics (OpenSecrets.org), based on data from the Federal Election Commission released April 25, 2010.

OpenSecrets lists the 100 biggest givers in federal-level politics. The top 10 are:

AT&T………………………………………………………………………………………………… $44,886,230

American Fedn of State, County & Municipal Employees……………………………….. $42,267,261

National Assn of Realtors………………………………………………………………………. $35,776,273

Intl Brotherhood of Electrical Workers……………………………………………………… $31,750,580

American Assn for Justice………………………………………………………………………. $31,744,179

Goldman Sachs……………………………………………………………………………………. $31,684,525

National Education Assn………………………………………………………………………… $30,282,067

Laborers Union……………………………………………………………………………………. $29,191,300

Service Employees International Union……………………………………………………… $28,145,982

Teamsters Union…………………………………………………………………………………. $28,136,734

Talking about money in politics brings up the fact that the 2010 Census has now being counted and very soon the boundaries of Congressional Districts will undergo a redrawing. Following every Census a tooth and nail battle occurs between the two major political parties to redraw the boundary lines to increase their respective chances of winning elections in the newly forged Districts.

The Campaign Legal Center (CLC) is urging Representatives to co-sponsor H.R. 4918 , the Redistricting Transparency Act of 2010 introduced March 23 by Representatives John Tanner (D-TN) and Michael Castle (R-DE).

In a letter to Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, CLC outlined the legislative effort to allow greater transparency, citizen involvement, and accountability into the redistricting process. The Redistricting Transparency Act would open the secretive process of drawing Congressional district lines to greater public scrutiny. Under the legislation, state redistricting entities would be required to establish and maintain a website providing relevant information about the redistricting process as it is underway. Public hearings would also be required to allow increased public participation in and knowledge about the development of Congressional boundaries. Furthermore, the Redistricting Transparency Act creates an additional level of accountability by requiring redistricting entities to publish the reasoning behind why a final proposal was chosen, along with any dissenting opinions.

That would be another step toward transparency in government to keep the public informed. Nevada’s Congressional Delegation should be nudged firmly to pass H.R. 4918.

Related posts:

  1. 2010 election for Nevada Senator and governor poll
  2. Who’s giving, Who’s getting campaign donations
  3. Democrats and Lobbyists and Money
  4. Nevada’s Republicans Debate
  5. $58,593 spent in failed run for Nye County District Attorney

About Featheriver

Born and raised in Oklahoma. Improved in California. Out to pasture in Nevada. Born in 1933, Korean War Vet in USAF. Occupation: Criminal Law and Torts. Retired California Lawyer. Now live in Pahrump, Nye County, Nevada.
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