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Feb. 01, 2008

Politicos haul in donations in '07

By MARK WAITE
PVT

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Candidates racked in contributions in the five digits in 2007, according to campaign reports due Jan. 15.

Sheriff Tony DeMeo reported receiving $15,145, of which $3,946 came from himself in a loan. He lists $7,308 in expenses. His form lists $8,264.85 in unspent contributions.

DeMeo received $2,000 from Aces High Management, former owners of the Saddle West Hotel and Casino. He picked up $1,000 apiece from Nevada Bottling Company, consultant Bob Swadell, Hafen and Hafen Realty and Clark and Nye Company Development.

DeMeo collected $1,500 from two political action committees controlled by the Focus Property Group: the S.H. Lincoln PAC and the Acme Entertainment PAC. Donors who gave $500 each included Sharon Petty, Bill Hall and S. Franklin, Strickland Construction, Spalding Homes, Nevada Site Services and the Wulfenstein Trust.

DeMeo spent $2,646 in advertising at the Pahrump Valley Times, $1,760 at KPVM-TV, $1,300 at KNYE-FM, $1,319 with D-2 Designs and $200 with Wulfenstein Construction.

Nye County Commissioner Gary Hollis filed a campaign report listing $17,469 in contributions and $4,551 in expenses during 2007.

Hollis collected $7,000 from the two Focus Property Group PACs. A donation of $5,000 came from 6600 West Charleston LLC, a company managing a shopping center at that address. Hollis also received $2,500 from Ponderosa Dairy, $1,000 from William Wahl of Amargosa Valley, and $1,000 from Glenns Construction Control Services in Las Vegas. Dermatologist Jeffrey Gunther donated another $400, the Pahrump Nugget Casino $200.

For his in-kind contributions, Hollis lists $5,000 from Peter LIakopoulos Productions.

Hollis lists as expenses $723.31 to Awards Plus, $150 to the Pahrump Senior Center, $705 to the Pahrump Republican Women, $550 to the Nye County Republican Party Central Committee, $125 to drug court, $1,325 to John Sanchez of Pahrump, $200 to Nathan Adelson Hospice, $291.87 to Wal-Mart and $191.94 to Floyd's Ace Hardware.

Commissioner Peter Liakopoulos lists $8,000 in contributions and $7,951.87 in expenses. A $5,000 donation is listed from Pahrump 2.2 LLC, a company linked to Edward Homes, which built a shopping center on Highway 160; $1,500 from Desert Investments in Las Vegas, a month before Liakopoulos voted to approve the rezoning of their 120-acre parcel on East Thousandaire Blvd.; another $1,000 from Stephen Settlemeyer at 9555 Las Vegas Blvd. in Las Vegas and $500 from CivilWise Services, which represents most developers doing business with Nye County.

Liakopoulos lists $2,526 in expenses to himself. His other costs include $1,300 to KNYE-FM, $433 to Best Buys, $763.26 to Awards Plus; $300 to Karl Hanson of Pahrump; $200 to his veteran's group SSI; $1,277.49 to the Post Office; $750 to the Nye County Republican Party Committee and $100 to Lorinda Wichman, a county commission candidate for District I.

Commissioner Butch Borasky reported one $1,000 contribution from Mary Swadell. He lists $40 in expenses to Community Bank.

Nye County District Attorney Bob Beckett lists $750 in contributions from Trese Vacker, of AVCO Construction, and another $500 of in-kind contributions from Mike Dreyer for carpentry work. His unspent campaign contributions total $9,680.

On the state level, District 36 Assemblyman Ed Goedhart reported $12,750 in contributions in 2007 and $10,245 in expenses. His unspent contributions now total $13,417.

Goedhart's biggest contribution was a $5,000 donation from Solar Millenium LLC, a company leasing land at Tonopah Airport for a potential solar energy project. Goedhart received $3,000 from RAN Services in Carson City, $2,000 from NMTA Activities inc. in Reno, $1,000 from Station Casinos, $750 from Walgreens drugs, $500 from HSBC North America in Prospect Heights, Ill. and $500 from Barrick Gold Company.

On the expense side, Goedhart spent $7,500 with Nevada Elect, a Pahrump political consulting firm; $1,625.70 with his own company Rockview Dairies; $490 with consultant Chuck Patti; $270 with the Pahrump Republican Women, $220 with Carlos Camacho and $140 with the Churchill County Republican Party Central Committee, home county of state Sen. Mike McGinness, R-Fallon.

McGinness lists $18,300 in donations in 2007 and $24,882 in expenses, but his unspent contributions still total $91,988.

McGinness lists a $3,000 donation from the Retail Association of Nevada, $2,500 from the Nevada Dental Association, $3,000 from Nevada Motor Transport, $2,000 from Wal-Mart, $1,500 from the Hughes Corp., $1,000 from Philip Morris, $1,000 from Barrick Goldstrike Mines, $1,000 from the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, $1,000 from Sierra Pacific Power Co., $1,500 from HSBC North America in Prospect Heights, Ill. and $750 from Anheuser-Busch.

McGinness lists $15,493 in payments to himself as his major expense.














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