The amount — more than $1.4 million more than Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) had at the outset of 2021, the year before her re-election campaign — gives the incumbent Democrat a substantial headstart over potential Republican challengers.
Lombardo received significant contributions from donors previously supportive of Sisolak, including 27 maximum contributions totaling $270,000 from companies owned and operated by MGM Resorts International.
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Driving those fundraising totals were out-of-state donors — an analysis of more than 35,000 itemized contributions to Cortez Masto’s campaign found sums totaling more than $4.8 million, and another 2,700 contributions to Laxalt totaling more than $2.1 million.
Groups affiliated with Gov. Steve Sisolak and other prominent Nevada Democrats were the financial backers of organizations that spent millions to drag down Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo and other more moderate Republicans ahead of the state’s June primary.
Following Horsford’s strongest fundraising quarter of the election cycle so far, his campaign announced on Tuesday that it was launching a half-million dollar advertising campaign that will stretch into the fall.
The last-minute spending to boost Lucey and Leonard comes as the two face off against GOP primary rivals that are receiving a substantial boost from Robert Beadles, a far-right cryptocurrency millionaire with an active political presence in Washoe County.
During the roughly eight-week period captured in the FEC’s pre-primary window, the three top Senate candidates combined to raise $5.8 million, with more than half, $3.6 million, coming from Cortez Masto alone.
Cano Burkhead is also receiving a half-million-dollar boost in a television ad buy from the Save Democracy PAC, which was founded last year and aims to help Democrats win down-ballot races in battleground states such as Nevada.
While individual candidates are subject to a $10,000 contribution limit per cycle ($5,000 each for the primary and general), political action committees in Nevada are allowed to raise and spend unlimited amounts.