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May 22, 2019

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UPDATED: Station Casinos, Billy Walters, Republic Services load up on Oscar’s wife

UPDATE: Posted at right is a lawsuit filed against one of Carolyn Goodman's contributors, who has organized crime associations in his past, and whom Oscar Goodman called "the nicest guy I know."It details prominent attorney John Momot's accusations against Dennis Mastro, described in this post below, with several mentions of Oscar Goodman's involvement. I don't think Momot agrees with Oscar Goodman's assessment of Mr. Mastro. This will make a great TV ad in the general election.

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A relatively unknown entrepreneur, two regular campaign contributors who generally get their way with the City Council and a utility that has a monopoly thanks to the local government are the largest contributors to Carolyn Goodman, the mayor’s wife who is heavily favored to succeed Oscar Goodman.

Station Casinos, as you can see below, and Billy Walters, who has had more than his share of controversy with his city deals, were near the top, followed closely by Republic Services. All three bundled significant amounts to Goodman, who raised more than $700,000. (The report is posted at right.)

But the largest (individual) contributor was someone whose name won’t ring a bell -- Edwin Fujinaga, who bundled $40,000 to the city’s first lady through four entities. I have left those entities unbundled below, so you can see what he owns – medical and financial services. UPDATE: I have learned that Fujianaga is a client of Carolyn Goodman's son, Ross. That explains it.

(I did not include Zuffa, the MMA arm for the Ferttitas, general counsel's money, but that could be included in the Station total, making it $45,000. UPDATE: It appears that at least $15,000 more could be attributed to Station, with Tim Poster and Tom Breitling and another company, Past Enterprises, involving Station executive Scott Nielson.)

I have listed her major contributors below, with identifiers where I could, including ties to Oscar Goodman’s former law partner David Chesnoff. The mayor clearly burned up the phone lines raising money for his wife, including a former client and felon with ties to organized crime:

Dennis Mastro

The $40K Club

Edwin Fujinaga

The $35K Club

Station Casinos/Fertittas

The $20K Club

Bill Richardson (formerly of Mandalay)

Billy Walters

The $15K Club

Republic (garbage monopoly)

The $10K Club

ABC Industrial Laundry (LA) (Chesnoff client)

Jack Binion

Phyllis Cope

David Chesnoff

Edward Mike Davis

Oscar campaign fund

EBJ & F, LLC (Edwin Fujinaga)

El Cortez

Ike Lawrence Epstein (Zuffa general counsel)

Factoring Company

Goodman Law Group

Granite Gaming Group 1 (Topless Girls of Glitter Gulch)

Stephen Haberkorn

Paul Jaramillo (two 5K contributions)

HMC Service Center (Edwin Fujinaga)

William C. Marchiondo (NM attorney)

Dennis Mastro (AZ)

Phyllis McGuire

Med-Health Consulting Services (Edwin Fujinaga)

Med-Health Medical Supplies (Edwin Fujinaga))

Merrill Lynch

Wanda Peccole (two 5K contributions)

Shangri-La Industries (Steve Bing)

Ian Staller (Southern Wine and Spirits)

John Staluppi (car dealer)

James Trevino (Two 5k)

Treasures (strip club)

WEC Productions (Wes Choy)

Cheryl Whitaker (Reno)

Zuffa, LLC (Station/MMA)

The $5K Club

Boyd Gaming

Bill Brady

Tom Breitling

Joseph Bravo

Shawn Buckley

CV Propco (Station)

Duffers LLC (Billy Walters)

Fletcher Jones Vargas

Andrew Fonfa

Abbie Friedman

Golden Nugget

Ira Lipman

Battista Locatelli

Mark Fine

Mountain View Estates (Walters)

Palace Station

Palazzo Law Firm

Past Enterprises

Tim Poster

RA Southeast Land Co

Red Rock Resort

Santa Fe Station

Blake Sartini

SC Rancho Development (Station)

Phillip Scotti

South Point

David Strauss

SWG (Walters)

Tamares Barrick

Richard Plaster

Timbers (3K and 2K)

Top Rank

Vegas Valley Investment

WG Development (Walters)

World Market Center

I’ll be looking at the other major candidate filings later in the week.

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