Republican holds financial edge in Nev. AG race

By David Yates | Jul 1, 2014

CARSON CITY, Nev. (Legal Newsline) - Adam Laxalt, the Republican candidate for attorney general, has more than his family name going for him. He's also outraised his Democratic rival so far in 2014, with a little help from out-of-state donors.

In the first six months of 2014, Laxalt, 35, has raised nearly $600,000 in campaign contributions and still maintains hundreds of thousands of dollars cash on hand heading into the final six months of the election cycle, campaign finance records show.

Conversely, Secretary of State Ross Miller, the Democratic nominee for attorney general, raised $332,190.57 in that time span but spent $273,713.72.

In the past few months, both candidates have received sizeable contributions from out-of-state donors.

Campaign finance reports show that on May 19, Laxalt received a $10,000 donation from former American Ambassador Boyden Gray, the founding partner of the D.C. law firm Boyden Gray & Associates.

Laxalt's second largest out-of-state recent donation ($5,000) came from Marc Helm, a Houston banker, on June 3.

A notable earlier out-of-state donation made to Laxalt includes a $5,000 contribution from former Secretary of State Donald Rumsfeld on Feb. 27.

As far as in-state donations go, Laxalt's most recent largest donation ($8,500) came from John Tom Ross, a Carson City attorney, on June 5.

For Miller, on June 5 the Democratic Attorneys General Association donated $10,000, campaign finance records show.

Since late May, Miller has received several large donations from out-of-state contributors, which include:

-A $5,000 donation from New York billionaire and activist Jon Stryker on June 5;

-A $2,500 donation from RAI Services, a North Carolina based company, on June 5;

-A $5,000 donation from New York resident Henry Van Amerigen on May 30;

-A $2,000 donation from Honolulu resident Shelle Silva on May 30;

-A $2,000 donation from New York resident Ted Snowdon on May 29; and

-A $2,000 donation from Philadelphia gay rights activist Mel Heifetz on May 21.

Some of Miller's larger in-state contributions include:

-A $3,000 donation from Las Vegas local Nathanael Hunterton on May 28;

-A $5,000 donation from Las Vegas local David Stevens on May 28;

-A $5,000 donation from the Las Vegas law firm Campbell & Williams on June 2;

-A $5,000 donation from the Prim 1988 Revocable Trust on June 3;

-A $5,000 donation from the Mirage Hotel & Casino on June 4;

-A $2,500 donation from Building and Construction Trade-Cope, based out of Sparks, on June 5; and

-A $5,000 donation from Las Vegas lawyer Scott Canepa on June 5.

Laxalt, a former Navy JAG officer, is the grandson for former U.S. Sen. and Nevada Gov. Paul Laxalt.

Miller's father, Bob Miller, is also a former Nevada governor.

Reach David Yates at elections@legalnewsline.com

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