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Democratic incumbent Susie Lee posts more than $700,000 in second quarter fundraising haul

Jacob Solis
Jacob Solis
Election 2020
Susie Lee in a blue suit giving a speech

Even amid a pandemic that torpedoed the American economy through much of the spring, Democratic Rep. Susie Lee announced Wednesday that her campaign raised more than $700,000 in the second quarter — nearly $200,000 more than she had raised in the first

The quarterly haul leaves her campaign with more than $2.4 million in cash on hand as she looks toward a general election matchup against former wrestler and businessman Dan Rodimer. 

Fundraising documents filed with the Federal Election Commission Wednesday also show that Lee spent roughly $174,000 over the last three months.

Rodimer’s campaign did not provide an early statement of his headline fundraising numbers, though his most recent filing in May showed roughly $220,000 cash on hand. 

Throughout the 2020 cycle, Lee has never wanted for campaign cash: Her campaign has raised more than $3.4 million overall, placing her not only as the single largest congressional fundraiser in the state in 2020, but also among some of the bigger fundraisers in the House, according to a ranking of congressional fundraising maintained by OpenSecrets.

Still, her re-election bid will likely see a massive injection in outside spending. Political action committees on both sides of the race have already committed millions in combined advertising spending, and each have spent weeks or months looking to land early attacks on Lee and Rodimer, respectively. 

For Lee, it has meant fielding frequent criticism of her push in April for the Small Business Administration to reverse a ruling that excluded small gaming businesses from access to federal coronavirus relief funds — a move that also benefited the company run by her husband. 

Lee has routinely denied any wrongdoing or conflict of interest, telling The Nevada Independent in an interview last week that she was “doing my job” by requesting the policy change. 

For Rodimer, early scrutiny was focused on a 2011 arrest following an assault at a Florida Waffle House the year prior. Charges against him were dropped, however, following his completion of an anger management course, and the incident did not generate a criminal record.

In more recent days, Democrats have taken aim at Rodimer on the issue of transparency after his campaign waited nearly two months before filing a personal financial disclosure for 2020. Though the campaign did not respond to repeated requests for comment, a spokesman did tell the Las Vegas Review-Journal Tuesday that the delay was caused largely by the death of Rodimer’s financial adviser. 

Democrats have strung together two consecutive wins in District 3 since 2016, including a 9-point victory by Lee over Republican challenger Danny Tarkanian in 2018. 

But a long history of Republican victories in the district and a narrow, 1-point victory by President Donald Trump in 2016 has marked the district as one of a few dozen targets for Republicans looking to flip the House. 

Updated, 7/15/20 at 1:25 p.m. - This story was updated to reflect Lee's campaign spending, according to documents filed with the FEC.


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