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Campaign coffers: Where Nevada leaders stand with fundraising

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Steve Marcus

Voters in Assembly District 29 in Henderson have a chance to elect the state’s first all-female ticket: Hillary Clinton for president, former Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto (above) for U.S. Senate, Jacky Rosen for Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District, Joyce Woodhouse for state Senate and Lesley Cohen for state Assembly. All five of the candidates are Democrats.

Updated Wednesday, April 17, 2019 | 2:01 p.m.

Campaigns are expensive.

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, the 2018 elections cost about $5.725 billion. That’s about three and a half times as much as the 1998 elections.

And lest you thought the midterms would stop the political wheel for a while, the fundraising continues. April 15 was the deadline to file campaign contribution data with the Federal Election Commission. Nevada U.S. Sens. Catherine Cortez Masto and Jacky Rosen both filed early in the day. Let’s break it down.

U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto

Cortez Masto, D-Nev., reported quarterly contributions of $163,805. That brings total donations since her last election to about $2.23 million.

In her 2018 year-end filing, Cortez Masto reported contributions of about $333,000. She reported $551,000 in her October quarterly report.

Cortez Masto has also been active in fundraising for others. Her political action committee, All for Our Country, spent almost $887,000 between 2017 and 2018. All for Our Country is a leadership PAC, which means it can transfer money to other campaigns and politicians.

Cortez Masto is up for re-election in 2022.

U.S. Sen. Jacky Rosen

Rosen, D-Nev., raised $281,092 this quarter. This, combined with more than $235,000 of offsets to expenditures — think rebates, reimbursements and refunds — puts her total receipts at $546,628.

The total includes $65,000 from PAC and other political committees.

Rosen also has a fundraising machine. Her PAC, Smart Solutions, spent more than $115,000 between August 2017 and the end of 2018.

Rosen is up for re-election in 2024.

U.S. Rep. Dina Titus

Titus, D-Nev., reported contributions this quarter of $118,867. About $45,500 came from committee contributions, while $74,366 came from individuals.

For the previous filing period — January 2017 to the end of 2018 — Titus raised $750,595.

Titus is up for re-election in 2020.

U.S. Rep. Mark Amodei

Amodei, R-Nev., reported raising $49,071 this quarter.

About $13,400 of that came from individual contributions, while $34,000 came from committee contributions.

Amodei is up for re-election in 2020.

U.S. Rep. Steven Horsford

Horsford, D-Nev., reported contributions of $371,390 this quarter. Of that, $248,500 came from committee contributions.

Individual contributions made up $122,890 of the total.

Horsford is up for re-election in 2020.

U.S. Rep. Susie Lee

Lee, D-Nev., raised $440,090 this quarter, the most of any member of the Nevada delegation.

She reported individual contributions of $302,077 and committee contributions, including party committees, of $137,000.

Lee is up for re-election in 2020.