The Race for Nevada’s CD2 – a candidate funding roundup

ActBlue fundraising tool makes Democratic candidate more competitive

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Candidates for Nevada’s Second Congressional District filed a campaign finance report with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) at the end of June. Another filing is due on October 15.

As of June 30, Independent American candidate Janine Hansen had not filed a 2020 contribution report with the FEC. Five term incumbent, Republican Mark Amodei had raised $633,516.25.

For the 2018 campaign, Amodei raised a total of $1,253,236.34.

As of today, according to data provided by the Patricia Ackerman campaign, the Democrat has raised a total of $345,700.00 with $229,000.00 coming this quarter, which runs from July 1 to September 30. 

A Democrat has never held CD2. The most notable fundraising difference this election cycle is money from ActBlue. ActBlue is a conduit for Democratic candidate fundraising. The FEC considers ActBlue contributions as money from individuals, though political action committees, political parties, and individuals contribute to candidates through the nonprofit.

According to FEC records, this election cycle, ActBlue reports 86,951,000 donations with $2,469,315,065.07 raised. ActBlue charges a 3.95 percent processing fee for each transaction.

Headed into the 2018 election for CD2, Democrat Clint Koble had raised a total of $161,796.18 with zero from ActBlue. To date, ActBlue has donated $292,720.00 to the Ackerman campaign, 85 percent of all donations. 

A list of ActBlue donors earmarked for the Ackerman campaign is not readily available.

The Amodei Campaign

As of June 30, the Amodei campaign had raised $633,516.25. Political action committee (PAC) contributions made-up 45.7 percent of donations – $289,597.75. Contributions from individuals equaled $343,918.50.

The list below is made up of the top 44 PAC donors to the Amodei for Congress campaign. Each line includes the donor, the total amount donated as of June 30, to include the primaries, and the state from which the donation originated. The Ally is looking into the legality of the size of these contributions.

Problem Solvers Patriots – $54,684.85 – GA
CULAC The PAC of Credit Union National Association – $10,000 – DC
Majority Committee PAC – $10,000 – DC
American Bankers PAC – $5,000 – DC
Barick Gold of North America Employees PAF – $5,000 – UT
Build Political Action Committee National Association of Homebuilders – $5,000 – NV
Carpenters Legislative Improvement Committee – $5,000 – DC
Caesars Entertainment, INC. PAC – $5,000 – NV
Coeur Mining, Inc. PAC  – $5,000 – IL
Comcast Corporation and NBC Universal – $5,000 – PA
Deloitte PAC – $5,000 – DC
General Motors Company PAC – $5,000 – DC
Honeywell International PAC – $5,000 – DC
International Game Technology – $5,000 – NV
MGM Resorts International PAC – $5,000 – CA
PAC Unitas – $5,000 – GA
The Boeing Company PAC – $5,000 – VA
United Parcel Service PAC – $5,000 – GA
Wine and Spirit Wholesalers of America PAC – $5,000 – DC
Employee of Northrup Gruman Corporation PAC – $4,500 – VA
Sierra Nevada Corporation PAC – $4,500 – NV
American Postal Workers Union Committee on Political Action – $4,000 – DC
American Society of Anesthesiologists PAC – $3,800 – IL
New York Life Insurance Company PAC – $3,500 – NY
Granite Construction Employees PAC – $3,000 – CA
National Association of Realtors PAC – $3,000 – IL
Akerman LLP PAC – $2,500 – FL
American Hotel and Lodging Association PAC – $2,500 – DC
Boyd Gaming – $2,500 – NV
British Petroleum Corporation North America PAC – $2,500 – TX
Exxon Mobil Corporation PAC – $2,500 – IN
Charter Communication PAC – $2,500 – DC
General Atomic PAC – $2,500 – CA
International Union of Operating Engineers – $2,500 – DC
Las Vegas Sands PAC – $2,500 NV
National Association of Letter Carriers – 2,500 – DC
National Beer Wholesalers Association PAC – $2,500 – VA
National Confectioners Association of the United States PAC – $2,500 – DC
Newmont Corporation PAC – $2,500 – DC
NV Energy PAC – $2,500 – NV
Redrock Resorts Inc. PAC – $2,500 – NV
Reynolds American Inc. PAC – $2,500 – NC
The Eye of the Tiger Political Action Committee – $2,500 – VA
Vail Resorts Employee PAC – $2,500 – CO 

As of June 30, here are the top 6 individual contributors to the Amodei for Congress campaign:

Jay Winters Faison – $8,400 – NC
Olga Faison – $8,400 – NC
Perry DiLoreto – $6,800 – NV
Craig Duchossois – $5,600 – IL
James Colgan – $4,200 – NV
Gregory Cox – $2,000 – NV

The Ackerman Campaign

Patricia Ackerman does not accept contributions from corporate PACs.

According to the Ackerman campaign accountant, the campaign has raised a total $345,700.00 as of today. ActBlue accounted for $292,720.00 of total contributions. Donations from listed individuals equal $52,980.00.

As of June 30, here are the top 8 individual donors to the Ackerman for Congress campaign: 

Camille Bently – $7,200 – NV 
Christopher Bently – $5,500 – NV
Ctblue – $2,718.51 -MA
Kimi Cole – $2,600 – NV

Samuel Steyer – $2,000 – CA
Carole Freeman – $2,000 – NV
Barbara Kuehner- $1,200 – NV
David Magnuson – $1,200 – NV


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Campaign Expenses

Amodei campaign expenses for 2019 and 2020:

FEC records show the Amodei campaign spent $591,770.62 as of June 30. Here are a few highlights:

$4,000 donation to the Donald Trump for President campaign.
$3,121.76 on flags.
$2,051.75 at Fumare Fine Cigar Boutique.
$1,500 to the Nevada Broadcasters Foundation for a table for a fundraising event.
$272.00 on tickets to see the Washington Nationals, donor development.
$995.00 was spent on candy at the Chocolate Shoppe and See’s Candy combined for volunteer appreciation.

As of June 30, the campaign spent $49,360.66 on food. Here are a few highlights: 

$11,199.60 at the Capital Grille in Washington, DC in 4 visits.
$7,980.87 at the Capitol Club in Washington, DC in 20 visits.
$2,010.58 at Tamarack Junction in Reno in 4 visits.
$1,465.00 at Adele’s in Carson City in 4 visits.
$1,804.00 at Glen Eagles in Carson City in 6 visits.
$1,690.28 at La Cucina Italian Deli in Reno in 15 visits.
$1,650.00 at Cafe Milano in Reno in 3 visits.
$1,308.09 at Micasa Too in Reno in 10 visits.
$1,100 at Osteria Morini in Washington, DC in 2 visits.
$955.00 at the Martin Hotel in Carson City for 5 visits.
$902.44 at Pinnochio’s Grill in Reno in 9 visits.
$796.71 at Gold ‘n’ Silver in Reno in 17 visits.
$770.00 at Twisted Fork in Reno in 7 visits.

$3,671.02 was spent specifically on alcohol.

$60,050.11 on accounting services from Casey Neilon, Inc.

$60,692.02 on consulting from Danielle Cherry.

$56,490.51 for campaign consulting from The M Group. 

$184,904.11 on radio advertising with Wyman and Associates.

Ackerman campaign expenses for 2019 and 2020:

As of June 30, FEC records show $85,036.76 in campaign spending. Here are a few highlights:

$20,356.89 to Pantograph Labs for digital advertising.

$14,215.38 to Michael Cullen for campaign consulting.

$14,000 to Sagebrush Solutions for a mailer.

$5,300.00 to Blue Vote for campaign management software.

$4,101.06 to Renotype for printing, signs and banners.

$3,562.70 to Kelley Hopkins, campaign volunteer coordinator.

$2,474.53 for ActBlue conduit processing fees.

$1,150.00 to Cocomoe’s Catering for a lunch event.


Brian Bahouth is a long-time political reporter and editor of the Sierra Nevada Ally. Support his work.