Newly filed finance reports show that Republican Rep. Jim Gibbons leads all other candidates for Nevada governor, collecting more than $2.3 million from contributors and kicking in about $317,000 of his unspent congressional campaign funds.
Gibbons' nearly $2.7 million total compares with $1.8 million in
contributions to Democrat Jim Gibson and nearly $1.2 million in
contributions to state Senate Minority Leader Dina Titus, D-Las
Vegas, the leading Democrats in the governor's race.
Rep. Gibbons' GOP primary foes reported far less than his total
of campaign cash collected during 2005. State Sen. Bob Beers, R-Las
Vegas, reported $396,970 while Republican Lt. Gov. Lorraine Hunt
listed $122,156 in contributions.
Gibbons got at least a sixth of his actual contributions from
the casino industry, which pumped in more than $323,000. Nearly a
third of the gambling industry money came from various Station
Casinos Inc. properties or owners.
Developers and builders also were major contributors, giving
Gibbons at least $140,000. The mining industry gave at least
$47,000 while Las Vegas-based cab companies donated about $30,000.
Gibbons also got $30,000 from Bill Brady, who owns a hotel
cleaning supply company in Las Vegas; $20,000 from northern Nevada
businessman Warren Trepp; $10,000 from Max Baer Jr., "Jethro" in
the old "Beverly Hillbillies" television series; $2,000 from
former Gov. Bob List; and $500 from Reno Mayor Bob Cashell.
Gibson, mayor of Henderson, rolled over $400,000 from his
mayoral campaign fund into his gubernatorial campaign fund. He also
got more than $415,000 from builders, developers and others with a
stake in southern Nevada's construction boom.
Titus noted that $10,000 of that $415,000-plus in
builder-developer money came from Triple Five Development. Donald
Davidson, a vice president of the company, faces charges of bribery
in efforts to get a zoning change. The company wasn't named in the
Gibson also listed a $10,000 contribution from Jeff Guinn, son
of Republican Gov. Kenny Guinn who has been at odds with Rep.
Gibbons in the past.
Gibson reported more than $120,000 in casino contributions,
along with $55,000 from various business-related corporations
controlled by the prominent Greenspun family, which also owns the
Las Vegas Sun newspaper.
Titus' report shows she got at least $91,000 from various casino
interests, including $20,000 from casino mogul Steve Wynn. Also
listed was at least $30,000 from developers and builders, at least
$43,000 from various law firms, more than $17,000 from mining
interests and at least $16,000 from unions.
Titus also got $20,000 from Jim Rogers, Nevada's university
system chancellor, through his Sunbelt Communications and
television stations he owns in Reno and Las Vegas. University
system regent Steve Sisolak gave another $20,000 to Titus, a
political science professor at UNLV.
Titus also kicked in $350,000 from her state Senate campaign
fund to help with her bid for governor. She noted that 60 percent
of her contributions were in amounts of $100 or less.
Lt. Gov. Lorraine Hunt, running as a Republican candidate for
governor, filed a report last week showing $122,156 in
Hunt's report showed that she has pumped in $35,816 of her own
money into her campaign for governor - 29 percent of all her
A trust for the late Frank Sinatra gave $5,000 to Hunt - a
successful businesswoman who got her start as a lounge singer
working for Bill Harrah at Harrah's casino in Reno and in Las
Other donations to Hunt included $5,000 from Barrick Gaming,
$7,500 from Wynn Las Vegas LLC, $5,000 from the Palms Casino in Las
Vegas and $10,000 from Ed and Mona Sher of Las Vegas.