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April 20, 2014

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Marshall tops Amodei in fundraising for special election

Kate Marshall out-raised Mark Amodei almost two-to-one in the race to fill Nevada’s empty seat in the 2nd congressional district, and the Amodei camp is on the defensive about it.

Marshall posted an additional $170,000 in the second quarter of the year to bring her total campaign take to just over $243,000. Slightly more than $200,000 is cash she has on hand.

Amodei, on the other hand, has raised a campaign total of just under $139,000, though the bulk of that, almost $116,000, came in the last month of the second quarter.

“Yeah, she’s got her 200 or whatever,” Amodei spokesman Peter DeMarco said. “But she’s got Harry Reid ... clearly Harry’s been twisting arms, telling people to donate to her campaign. Mark’s only been a nominee for two weeks or so -- we’re right where we need to be; we’re going to have the resources we need to win this election.”

DeMarco did not have a breakdown of how many donors Amodei’s campaign income represents; but a press release announcing Marshall’s holdings appeared geared to refute any dismissals by virtue of Reid, reporting that “grassroots contributions made up an astounding 85% of donations.”

“Grassroots” is defined as contributions of under $250; lobbyists and the politically connected usually throw in more cash than that. A total of 542 individual persons and organizations gave to Marshall’s campaign.

"I'm excited and energized by the overwhelming support Nevadans have shown my campaign," Marshall said.

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  1. Go girl!

  2. The Sun is right! Elections should just be bought and paid for -- not decided by which candidate possesses the better ideas. Nevada should really just go all the way, and eliminate elections all together. We could simply sell government offices to whomever is able to pay the most money for the position. This would not only save everyone the trouble of having to stand in-line to vote, but it would also raise much needed revenue for the State. Good idea, Karoun Demirjian. Way to think outside-the-box!

  3. Harry doesn't have to twist arms, all he has to do is nod. When you have an extreme candidate like Amodei, Harry doesn't really have to nod at all.