Published Tuesday, July 16, 2013 | 4 p.m.
Updated Wednesday, July 17, 2013 | 11 a.m.
The quarterly campaign disclosures for members of the House of Representatives are in, and Rep. Joe Heck is leading the Nevada pack, with $385,030.83 raised in direct donations, and another $41,714.07 in transfers from committees affiliated with the campaign.
That’s more than twice as much as Rep. Dina Titus’ $151,142.13 haul for the second quarter, or Rep. Steven Horsford’s $131,858.76 in total contributions. Heck also has the most cash on hand, with $658,641.66 — compared with only $21,221.53 for Horsford and $142,723.20 for Titus (which becomes only $41,116.87 when you subtract her campaign committee’s debt).
But then again, Heck is the only one of the group with a truly competitive race on his hands.
Erin Bilbray-Kohn is challenging Heck to represent Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District, and the race promises to be a focal point for the state’s political operatives, as there are no presidential and senate contests in 2014 and the other three congressional districts seem to be fairly stable holds for the incumbents.
The big Republican guns have already begun to pour their support into Heck’s campaign: Sheldon Adelson, the Koch Brothers, Sen. Dean Heller, House Speaker John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, among other donors, have all kicked Heck a few thousand dollars either directly from their own campaign funds or from their political action committees.
Nevada Rep. Mark Amodei, meanwhile, had the smallest take for the quarter, raising just $19,750 between the beginning of April and the end of June. Nonetheless, he is claiming $160,766.57, with only $11,000 in debts.