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November 24, 2014

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Nevada Senate majority leader apologizes for letter

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Steven Horsford

Nevada Senate Majority Leader Steven Horsford is apologizing for a fundraising letter perceived by some to solicit political access in return for campaign donations.

The North Las Vegas Democrat issued the letter through his political action committee, seeking donations to keep Democrats in control of the Senate and Assembly.

It included a "Fact Sheet and Benefits" page that said for $25,000, a donor would receive a private dinner with Horsford and chairmen of all Senate standing committees. Smaller amounts came with lesser pledged access.

Horsford says the letter was "a poor action," and tells KRNV-TV he takes full responsibility.

He says the intent was never to sell access to legislative leaders based on campaign contributions, and he has since "pulled the plug" on the fundraising program.

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Information from: KRNV-TV, http://www.krnv.com

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