(Muth’s Truths) – Jon Ralston researched and published on Saturday the third quarter fundraising numbers for the Nevada U.S. Senate race.
Although Jon included the gross amounts raised as well as the amount the candidates spent, received from PACs, owe in debts and ending balance cash on hand, I only want to focus on what they have left in the bank – because with about eight months to go before the June primary election, cash on hand is really all that matters at this point.
Democrat Harry Reid has $8.7 million in the bank. And that was before Vice President Joe Biden showed up on Friday and sold a bunch $2,400 pancakes to Democrats in Reno on behalf of Reid.
Republican Sue Lowden didn’t get into the Senate race until after the third quarter reporting period deadline, so she didn’t have to file a report.
And for some reason, Jon didn’t include Sharron Angle’s numbers. We’ll get those for you later.
John Chachas has $323,184 left from his donations, plus another $1 million that he either loaned or contributed to his own race. Still need to confirm which it is.
Danny Tarkanian has $204,524 in the bank. Most of that came from a one-time surge in small-dollar donations contributed after national conservative radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt asked his listeners to donate ten bucks to Tarkanian’s campaign. This was before Lowden jumped into the race.
Mark Amodei has $41,411 in the bank. However, Amodei didn’t jump into the race until the middle of September, just two weeks before the reporting deadline.
Chuck Kozak has $19,767 left over from the $82,686 he raised in the quarter. Most of that money was likely spent on direct mail costs trying to build up a “house” file of donors for later in the campaign.
Robin Titus has $6,459 in the bank. Bill Parson has $1,527. Terry Suominen has $587.
And although it was not reported to the FEC, I believe Mike Wiley has a tube sock filled with nickels and pennies which he’s ready to unleash in a guns-a’blazin’ rootin’-tootin’ scorched earth campaign against his Republican opponents any day now.