Feb. 01, 2008
Politicos haul in donations in '07
By MARK WAITE
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.