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Nevada battleground Democrats outraise congressional GOP opponents in third quarter

Gabby Birenbaum
Gabby Birenbaum
Sean Golonka
Sean Golonka
Campaign FinanceElection 2024

With the 2024 general election more than a year away, Nevada’s congressional Democrats maintained their significant fundraising advantages during the third quarter, headlined by Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-NV) raising more than $2.7 million over the three-month period.

Rosen and the state’s three Democratic U.S. House incumbents continue to rake in cash as they prepare to stave off Republican challengers looking to loosen Democrats’ grip on Nevada’s competitive congressional seats.

Both Rosen and her best-funded challenger, veteran Sam Brown, landed in the top 30 for third quarter fundraising around the country; Rosen landing at 15th, and Brown in 29th, with more than $1.1 million raised.

The rest of the group was led by Rep. Steven Horsford (D-NV), who — despite typically being outraised by fellow Rep. Susie Lee (D-NV) — brought in more than $731,000 from July through September, a state record for a House race during a non-election year third quarter.

While several Nevada congressional seats are considered less competitive than in recent election cycles, national Republican groups are eager to flip Rosen’s seat in the narrowly divided U.S. Senate, while Lee and Horsford are in competitive districts that national Democrats are looking to protect. The nonpartisan Cook Political Report rates the Senate race and Lee’s race as “lean Democrat.”

The only incumbent to be outraised by an opponent was Rep. Dina Titus, (D-NV) who saw a Republican opponent, Flemming Larsen, loan his campaign $200,000 of his own funds in the third quarter. Titus reported raising just over $122,000 in the quarter.

Campaigns were required to report their third quarter finance activity to the U.S. Federal Election Commission (FEC) by Sunday.

Read highlights from the quarter below. The totals have been rounded to the nearest $100.

U.S. Senate

Sen. Jacky Rosen (D)

  • Amount raised: $2,705,800
  • Amount spent: $1,329,000
  • Closing cash on hand: $8,833,500

Nearly one-third of Rosen’s fundraising ($829,000) came from small-dollar donors. These “unitemized” contributions refer to donations of less than $200, and campaigns do not have to report the names of these donors.

She also raked in money from major donors, including $242,000 from political committees representing a broad range of interests from teachers and laborers to the pharmaceutical industry. Another $577,000 came from other committees that fundraise for Rosen’s campaign.

Her $8.8 million in the bank is about a half-million dollars more than what Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) had at the same point in her re-election bid two years ago. Rosen’s cash balance is more than nine times greater than her closest Republican opponent, Brown.

Sam Brown (R)

  • Raised: $1,190,000
  • Spent: $252,200
  • Cash on hand: $937,900

The retired U.S. Army captain has the backing of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC). After Brown lost last year in the Republican primary for Senate, that national support is proving to be a fundraising boon for Brown’s repeat run as he brought in nearly $1.2 million during the third quarter — putting him well ahead of other GOP primary hopefuls in the race.

But to compete with Rosen, he’ll likely count on outside spending from political groups, such as the NRSC and the pro-Brown super PAC Duty First Nevada. Duty First Nevada has already reported spending more than $500,000 on pro-Brown advertising, and has raised $2 million from software billionaire David Duffield.

Jeff Gunter (R)

  • Raised: $416,300
  • Spent: $97,000
  • Cash on hand: $319,300

Gunter, a dermatologist with a large multistate private medical practice and a former Trump-appointed U.S. ambassador to Iceland, raised most of his campaign cash through loaning his campaign $225,000. But Gunter also brought in small-donor contributions ($94,000) and money from larger individual donors ($94,000) after launching his campaign in August.

While Gunter’s largest expenses came from text and mail services to boost fundraising, he also reported spending about $1,000 on advertising. Gunter’s campaign recently released an ad portraying himself as a staunch supporter of former President Donald Trump, and attacking Brown as anti-Trump.

Tony Grady (R)

  • Raised: $129,400
  • Spent: $39,100
  • Cash on hand: $90,300

Fundraising for Grady — a retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel who finished second in the lieutenant governor primary last year — came entirely from individual donations, including $6,600 from people with the last name “Grady” in Tennessee. His spending has gone mostly to consulting firms.

Jim Marchant (R)

  • Raised: $73,700
  • Spent: $81,000
  • Cash on hand: $36,100

What a difference a quarter makes. Marchant, a former state assemblyman and most recently a GOP secretary of state candidate, led the Republican field in fundraising at the end of the second quarter, albeit behind Rosen by more than $2.5 million. Now, after the launch of several other Senate campaigns this summer, Marchant sits in fourth in fundraising among Republican candidates.

All of Marchant’s fundraising came from 52 individual donors this quarter. The majority of his spending was to consultants and for mailing lists.

No other candidates, including four other Republican Senate challengers, reported significant fundraising activity during the third quarter. The FEC requires candidates to file a report if their fundraising or spending exceeds $5,000.

Congressional District 4

Rep. Steven Horsford (D)

  • Raised: $731,400
  • Spent: $312,000
  • Cash on hand: $1,176,600

Horsford, with a national profile as the chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, had the strongest fundraising quarter of any House candidate in Nevada.

He handily outraised challenger David Flippo and his other announced challenger, former North Las Vegas mayor John Lee, launched his campaign late enough that he doesn’t have to file a third-quarter report.

Horsford’s team went on a major fundraising swing this summer, according to his FEC filings, with stays in Martha's Vineyard, New Orleans, Biloxi, Birmingham, New York, Nashville, Boston, Washington, D.C. and Las Vegas. This quarter was his best yet of this election cycle.

David Flippo (R)

  • Raised: $40,000
  • Spent: $107,500
  • Cash on hand: $21,000

Flippo’s campaign substantially lags Horsford’s in fundraising, and his campaign’s costs — including payments to consultants — outpace his fundraising. The Air Force veteran donated $30,000 to his campaign this cycle.

Congressional District 3

Rep. Susie Lee (D)

  • Raised: $496,700
  • Spent: $177,500
  • Cash on hand: $1,130,100

Lee had a slightly slower fundraising quarter than her previous one, in which she raised more than $582,000. But she retains a major cash on hand advantage compared with her two opponents in a district that had one of the country’s most expensive races in 2022.

At this point last cycle, Lee raised over $660,000 in the third quarter and had over $1.44 million on hand.

Heidi Kasama (R)

  • Raised: $336,900
  • Spent: $900
  • Cash on hand: $336,000

Kasama, an assemblywoman who launched her campaign in late August, had a little over a month to fundraise this quarter. Of the over $300,000 she reported raising, $200,000 came from a loan to herself. 

She did get $5,000 from her colleague Assemblyman Toby Yurek’s (R-Henderson) wife Carrie, and $1,000 from Assemblyman Brian Hibbitts (R-Las Vegas). And, having received the endorsement of former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), she has taken advantage of Republicans’ WinRed digital fundraising platform, with nearly $26,000 coming from donors using the site.

Drew Johnson (R)

  • Raised: $38,400
  • Spent: $51,700
  • Cash on hand: $101,000

Johnson, a policy analyst, spent more than he raised this quarter. The bulk of his contributions — more than $28,500 — came via the WinRed platform. He’s spending on consulting from Axiom Strategies, a national Republican firm founded by a former Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) campaign manager.

Elizabeth Helgelien (R)

  • Raised: $47,500
  • Spent: $36,300
  • Cash on hand: $54,400

Former state Sen. Helgelien’s fundraising came mainly from donations of between $250 and $1,000 from individuals around the country, and through WinRed. She has also been paying for Las Vegas-based McShane LLC’s consulting services, and gave $250 to Marchant’s senatorial campaign.

Congressional District 1

Rep. Dina Titus (D)

  • Raised: $122,300
  • Spent: $48,100
  • Cash on hand: $441,300

Titus’ low fundraising totals have continued a pattern for her this cycle; last quarter, she raised just over $183,000. In a district on the National Republican Campaign Committee’s Target List, she landed on National Journal’s “Retirement Watch” list. Her fundraising total was second-worst among Republican-targeted seats.

Titus’ campaign said she’s not planning on retiring.

“She will be seeking re-election and will have the campaign funds necessary to be successful,” a campaign spokesperson said.

Titus received $4,000 from Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries’ (D-NY) campaign fund, and the bulk of her contributions came from various PACs.

At this point last cycle, she had nearly $605,000 in cash on hand and raised $196,000 in the third quarter.

Flemming Larsen (R)

  • Raised: $272,600
  • Spent: $33,900
  • Cash on hand: $961,500

Larsen, a restaurateur, is mostly self-financed. He loaned his campaign $200,000 this quarter, bringing his personal giving total for the cycle to more than $850,000. 

Larsen said his fundraising for the quarter totaled $92,000 when combined with donations to a political action committee (PAC) associated with him, which is yet to file its report.

Mark Robertson (R)

  • Raised: $51,400
  • Spent: $38,900
  • Cash on hand: $128,500

Robertson, the retired Army colonel who lost to Titus in 2022, loaned $12,700 to his campaign this cycle. His leadership PAC transferred over another $6,600. The rest came from 21 individual donors in Nevada, Utah, and Washington.

Titus beat Robertson in 2022 by 5.6 points.

Congressional District 2

Rep. Mark Amodei (R)

  • Raised: $77,500
  • Spent: $66,700
  • Cash on hand: $324,400

Amodei, who has yet to draw a challenger in his safe Republican district, raised money from a number of Northern Nevada-based individuals and PACs this quarter, including from NV Energy and Red Rock Resorts.

Amodei’s campaign donated $15,000 to Friends of the Nevada State Railroad Museum, which helps preserve rail history in Carson City, $2,200 to Reno’s Nevada Military Support Alliance, and $1,000 to anti-abortion group Nevada Right to Life. He also donated to two House candidates — Celeste Maloy, the Republican nominee to replace retired Utah Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT), and Rep. Mike Lawler (R-NY), running for re-election in a suburban district that supported Biden in 2020.

His campaign also owes $9,000 to two Republican public affairs firms in Virginia and California.


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