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April 18, 2014

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Goodman, Giunchigliani raise, spend more than $2 million in Las Vegas mayoral race

The contest to succeed Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman is shaping up to be an expensive one, with each candidate raising and spending more than $1 million so far.

Carolyn Goodman raised $730,000 from March through May, bringing her fundraising total to $1.5 million. She has spent $1.3 million so far, $750,000 of that over the past two months.

Chris Giunchigliani raised $760,000 from March through May, for a total of $1.2 million. About $225,000 of the $760,000 came from her Clark County Commission campaign coffers.

Giunchigliani so far has spent about $1.1 million, with $700,000 paid out from March through May.

Both women spent large portions of their money on political consultants, television ads and mailers.

Giunchigliani beat Goodman in winning donations from elected officials and union groups, but Goodman dominated in collecting contributions from the gaming industry.

For instance, Assembly members John Oceguera, Kelvin Atkinson, Marcus Conklin, Olivia Diaz and Sen. Shirley Breeden donated to Giunchigliani, as did Clark County Commissioners Tom Collins and Steve Sisolak. All are Democrats.

Former Sen. Bill Raggio, however, gave to Goodman. He's a Republican.

Giunchigliani also received contributions from state and local teachers and workers unions.

Goodman, on the other hand, led in gaming contributions, receiving donations from at least half a dozen casino companies. She received $26,000 just from members of the Maloof family.

While Goodman is perceived to be the frontrunner, many donors hedged their bets and gave to both campaigns -- a smart move if Giunchigliani pulls off a surprise upset. Those donors included Caesars Entertainment, the Jones Vargas law firm and NV Energy.

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  1. Let me get this straight, is it the $$$money$$$ that is running for the office of Mayor?

    During a time when so many are economically struggling, enduring CUTS, CUTS, CUTS, without mercy, it just seems harsh to be bringing up who is out spending the other in this race. Pretty sad.