Todd Ricketts to co-host big D.C. fundraiser for Laxalt
Riley Snyder

The influential part-owner of the Chicago Cubs and President Donald Trump’s former pick for Deputy Secretary of Commerce, Todd Ricketts, is hosting a Washington D.C. fundraiser for Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt that will be attended by a slew of other big-name Republican donors.

Todd Ricketts, who sits on the board of directors for the Cubs and TD Ameritrade, and a number of other well-connected Republican donors are hosting the reception for Laxalt, a likely gubernatorial candidate, on May 17.

Other co-chairs listed for the event include:

  • Chris Cox, executive director of the National Rifle Association’s legislative action arm
  • Brian Baker, the President of the Ending Spending political action committee funded primarily by Ricketts and Las Vegas Sands owner Sheldon Adelson
  • Frank Fahrenkopf, former head of the American Gaming Association and previous head of the Republican National Committee
  • Viet Dinh, the former Assistant Attorney General under President George W. Bush
  • Leonard Leo, vice-president of the Federalist Society and who played a “crucial role” in the appointments of several Supreme Court justices including Neil Gorsuch.

Additional co-chairs include a number of former elected officials, including Nevada Rep. Joe Heck, Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman, Veterans Affairs Secretary Jim Nicholson and Homeland Security secretary Tom Ridge.

Laxalt is also scheduled to attend a fundraising event later this month hosted by Steve and Andrea Wynn and headlined by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (head of the Republican Governors Association) and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey.

While Laxalt hasn’t officially declared his candidacy, he reported raising more than $1.1 million over the course of 2016, and has roughly $1.5 million in available campaign cash.

Current Gov. Brian Sandoval is termed out of office in 2018. Democrats haven’t wielded gubernatorial power in the state in the nearly two decades since then Gov. Bob Miller left office in 1998.

See the invitation here:

Laxalt Ricketts fundraising letter by Riley Snyder on Scribd

INDY FAST FACTS Adam Laxalt Job: Nevada State Attorney General Party: Republican In current office: 2015-present Birthdate: August 31, 1978 Education: Georgetown University (B.A.) Georgetown University Law Center (J.D.) Other public offices held: None Total donations: $8,262,050 (1/08/14 - 6/07/18) Top donors: Station Casinos/Zuffa/Fertitta $208,500 Las Vegas Sands $75,000 Marnell Properties LLC $42,500 Starpoint Resort Group/Partners $40,000 MGM Resorts $35,000
INDY FAST FACTS Brian Sandoval Job: Nevada Governor Party: Republican In current office: 2011-present Birthdate: August 5, 1963 Education: University of Nevada, Reno (B.A.) Ohio State University (J.D.) Other public offices held: U.S. District Court Judge (2005-2009) Nevada State Attorney General (2003-2005) Nevada Gaming Commission Chair (1999-2001) Nevada Gaming Commission Member (1998-2001) State Assemblyman, District 25 (1994-1998) Total donations: $4,984,248 (1/07/11 - 7/5/17) Top donors: Caesars Entertainment $245,000 Station Casinos $158,072 MGM Resorts International $160,000 Wynn Resorts $80,000 Marnell Properties LLC $70,000
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