by Kurt Hildebrand
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May 22, 2014
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Assembly challenger top fundraiser

Assembly District 39 challenger Robin Reedy won the race to raise donations against Assemblyman Jim Wheeler

Reedy’s campaign collected more than twice her opponent, raising $45,355 in her first effort at public office.

According to reports filed with the Nevada Secretary of State’s Office on Tuesday, Reedy reported $32,350 in contributions of larger than $100 on her report filed Tuesday. In addition, she received $11,017 in in-kind donations and $1,897 in donations less than $100.

Wheeler raised $20,133.40 for his campaign between Jan. 1 and May 16, with more than a quarter of that raised in donations of $100 or less.

Reedy’s largest single donor was Las Vegas Sands Corp. with $5,000 followed closely by MGM Resorts with $4,000. Wynn resorts donated $2,500 to Reedy’s campaign.

Not all of Reedy’s campaign contributions are from outside of the district. Eleven residents or local entities donated $4,850 to her campaign.

Wheeler’s largest donor was $3,500 from Jobs Peak resident Tom Starrett, who backed his campaign against former county commissioner Kelly Kite in 2012.

Wheeler also received $2,500 from the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center and $1,000 from Storey County industrialist and county commissioners Lance Gilman. He received $1,000 from Incorp Services in Henderson and $1,000 from Ripon, Calif., resident Bob Miller.

MGM Resorts donated $2,500 to Wheeler in 2012, but defected to his opponent this year. Also abandoning Wheeler for his opponent were the Nevada Realtors PAC, which donated $3,000 to his campaign in 2012, and the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce, which donated $1,500. The chamber upped its ante, donating $2,000 to Reedy on May 16.

Early voting starts Saturday in Douglas County. Election Day is June 10.

Sheriff Ron Pierini raised more money than his two opponents combined.

Pierini raised $34,239 for his campaign so far, according to a report he filed with the Nevada Secretary of State’s Office on Tuesday.

During the reporting period starting Jan. 1, Pierini received donations from nearly two-dozen local donors, while spending $28,039.

Pierini’s largest donor was the South Lake Tahoe Alliance of Resorts out of Stateline with $10,000, but the sheriff also received large donations from private citizens.

Challenger David Brady loaned his campaign $5,378, making him his own single largest donor. Brady reported raising $14,503, with $4,475 of that in in-kind donations.

Donations of $1,000 came from residents Doug Bronzie, Richard Stapleton and Tom Starrett.

Challenger Michael Gyll raised $4,500 for his campaign with Gardnerville resident Peter Canova his largest single donor with $1,000.


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