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Group with ties to dark-money conservative PACs places large ad reservation in governor's race

Riley Snyder
Riley Snyder
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A recently formed political organization involved in a handful of other states has quietly reserved more than $250,000 worth of television ads to run in Nevada’s gubernatorial race.

An organization called Tenth Amendment Project reserved the six-figure ad buy at Las Vegas television stations to run over the last half of September, according to public filings with the Federal Communications Commission. The group isn’t registered as a political action committee with the Nevada secretary of state, though it appears connected to a recently formed Tenth Amendment Action Project Super PAC.

Outside of a disclosure that the ads will focus on the state’s gubernatorial race, there’s few other indicators of who the group is supporting or the content of the ads — but the group’s ties to conservative-leaning organizations indicate it will likely back Republican candidate Adam Laxalt and oppose Democrat Steve Sisolak.

The group’s listed treasurer, Maria Wojciechowski, is listed in a similar role for Future45, a Super PAC that spent $25 million supporting Donald Trump in the 2016 election, and a group called American Integrity Project, a Nevada-based PAC solely funded by Future45 that attacked Laxalt’s Republican primary opponent, Dan Schwartz. Future45’s largest donor is Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson and his wife Miriam, who gave the Super PAC a combined $20 million through the 2016 election.

Wojciechowski did not return a call seeking comment.

The Adelsons have a long history of backing Laxalt — they and the Sands have directly contributed more than $100,000 to the Republican and affiliated PACs since 2014, and Sheldon Adelson contributed more than $1.5 million to the Republican Attorneys General Association the same year it spent $1.8 million boosting Laxalt in his 2014 run for attorney general

The 10th Amendment Project has gotten involved in several state-specific battles, including running radio ads and mail pieces on legislative races in Nebraska and over Oklahoma’s 2018 special legislative session, which included producing at least two videos. A similarly named group also registered to Wojciechowski — Tenth Amendment Action Project — is also registered in South Dakota, and reported spending $45,000 in the state’s gubernatorial primary between Marty Jackley and Kristi Noem.

More recently, the group ran ads in Florida’s Republican gubernatorial primary attacking Adam Putnam, who lost to Ron DeSantis last month.

Despite its involvement in a wide variety of states, the group has only reported raising around $100,000 according to filings with the Federal Elections Commission, including $25,000 each from a biofuels company, railroad and a grain and livestock trailer seller.

Disclosure: Steve Sisolak has donated to The Indy. You can view a full list of our donors here.

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