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Lombardo raises $800K, has five times Heller’s haul in 2022 first quarter

Riley Snyder
Riley Snyder
Campaign FinanceElection 2022
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Clark County sheriff and Republican gubernatorial candidate Joe Lombardo will report raising $824,000 through the first three months of 2022, a total that likely puts him at the top of the crowded GOP primary pack.

Lombardo’s campaign confirmed the fundraising total and said the candidate has $2.95 million in cash on hand, ahead of the state’s Friday deadline for candidates to turn in first quarter fundraising reports. Lombardo ended last calendar year with $2.65 million cash on hand and raised $3.1 million through 2021.

The total still lags behind incumbent Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak, who raised $1.55 million over the three-month fundraising period and has $9.55 million in cash on hand.

But Lombardo is also benefiting from well-funded outside help. A spokesperson for Better Nevada PAC, which is running consistent pro-Lombardo television and online advertising, said it will report raising $1.3 million over the fundraising period.

A PAC aligned with Sisolak — Home Means Nevada — reported raising $85,000 over the period, including $50,000 from a South Dakota biofuels company, POET LLC. It reported transferring $150,000 to Nevada Democratic Victory, a “shadow” party apparatus set up after a progressive bloc took control of the state Democratic Party.

Fundraising totals reported Friday are the final look at candidate finances ahead of the June 14 primary, with the next filing deadline coming on July 15, when candidates need to report their fundraising and spending totals between April 1 and the end of June.

So far, Lombardo leads all primary rivals in cash on hand, and has outraised all candidates save for those self-funding (candidates can loan their campaigns unlimited amounts of money, though many who do typically don’t spend much of that).

North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee reported raising more than $652,000 through the fundraising period, with $500,000 coming as a personal loan to the campaign. He reported spending nearly $1.2 million over the period, and has $169,000 left in available cash.

Reno attorney Joey Gilbert reported raising nearly $239,000, spending $264,000 and has just over $41,000 in cash on hand.

Republican former U.S. Sen. Dean Heller reported raising $155,000 during the first quarter, spending $179,000 and ending the period with $241,000 in cash on hand.

Earlier this week, Republican gubernatorial candidate Dr. Fred Simon reported raising $1.3 million over the fundraising period, the bulk of which came from a $1.27 million loan from himself. 

Businessman and political newcomer Guy Nohra reported raising more than $528,000 during the fundraising period, which included a candidate loan of $500,000 to the campaign. He reported spending nearly $413,000 and has nearly $701,000 in cash on hand.

A Suffolk University/Reno Gazette Journal poll released earlier this week showed Sisolak losing 37 percent to 39 percent in a hypothetical matchup against Lombardo, although that result is within the poll’s margin of error. The survey also showed Sisolak had a net unfavorable rating among respondents, with 42 percent saying they had a favorable view of him and 45 percent citing an unfavorable opinion.

Under Nevada law, candidates are not allowed to receive contributions in excess of $10,000 ($5,000 each for the primary and general elections) for any one campaign cycle.

This story will be updated as additional candidates report fundraising totals.

Updated at 4:33 p.m. on Friday, April 15, 2022 to include fundraising numbers from John Lee and Guy Nohra. Updated again at 8:59 p.m. to include fundraising numbers from Joey Gilbert.

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