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Joe Heck leads the pack in campaign contributions


Leila Navidi

U.S. Rep. Joe Heck, R-Nev. speaks to the press outside after a Town Hall at Windmill Library in Las Vegas on Tuesday, July 2, 2013.

Updated Wednesday, July 17, 2013 | 11 a.m.

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Rep. Steven Horsford responds to a reporter's question following a tour of the Southern Nevada Counter-Terrorism Center, also known as the Fusion Center, at Metro Police headquarters Thursday, May 2, 2013.

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Newly elected Congresswoman Dina Titus greets supporters during the Nevada State Democrats' election night party Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 at Mandalay Bay.

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Republican Mark Amodei speaks at a victory party in Reno on Tuesday after defeating Democrat Kate Marshall in a special election for Nevada's 2nd Congressional District. Amodei's daughters Erin, left, and Ryanne were among the supporters on hand.

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.

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