Lawmakers File Campaign, Expense Reports

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Nevada Gov. Kenny Guinn raised no campaign contributions in 2003 but spent $395,816 from his leftover political war chest of 2002, according to a report filed by a Thursday deadline.

Guinn has said he will retire from politics at the end of his current term as governor, and that's reflected in the campaign contribution and expense report he filed with the secretary of state.

In January 2003, the governor reported he had $701,416 left over from the more than $3 million he raised during his re-election campaign. But he dipped into this fund during 2003 to donate $300,000 for refurbishment of the governor's mansion and $10,000 donations to the state Republican Party and the Nevada Rural Health organization in Elko.

He also gave $6,300 last month to the Nevada Commission on Economic Development; and donated $1,000 to the Patriot Fund, which helps survivors of military personnel killed in Iraq.

In his personal financial disclosure report, Guinn reports that beside his $117,000 a year salary as governor, he also gets retirement income from Southwest Gas, where he was president; and funds from Social Security and a family trust.

Public officer aren't required to detail how much money they get from these other sources.

Guinn said he has no debts of $5,000 or more. He has a second home in Kernville, Calif. and a vacant housing lot on Summit Canyon Drive in Las Vegas' Summerlin community.

He hasn't received any gifts of more than $200. And his business ventures are the Guinn Family Trust and the Guinn Irrevocable Asset Management Trust.

Attorney General Brian Sandoval reported he collected $171,850 in campaign contributions in 2003 and spent $187,149. Part of that went to pay off debts from the 2002 race.

His biggest campaign contributions included $10,000 from Las Vegas gambling figure Jack Binion; $3,300 each from Republic Services of Southern Nevada, Republican Environmental Technologies and Republic Disposal Urban Maintenance, all with the same post office box in Las Vegas; and $5,000 from William Baxter of Las Vegas.

His campaign expense report shows he paid $55,000 to ESI of Reno; $52,218 to Weeks & Co. LLP of Austin, Texas; $15,500 to J. Brooke Van Soest of Las Vegas; $15,000 to Kent Oram of Las Vegas and $11,370 to November Inc. of Las Vegas.

Sandoval's personal financial statement says that besides his $110,000 state salary, he gets income from his wife, Kathleen, who works at the Children's Cabinet in Reno. He has no other outside sources of income and doesn't list any debts above $5,000.

Secretary of State Dean Heller reported that he had $3,697 left this week in his campaign funds raised during the 2002 election. This reporting is voluntary and Heller has recommended that other public officials disclose their amounts.

Heller didn't raise any political campaign contributions during the year. But he spent $24,085 of leftover campaign funds with $15,000 going to pay off a loan.

Besides his $80,000 salary, Heller reported that he and his wife Lynne have income from Clark Ltd. Partnership and from a privately administered investment fund. They have commercial rental property in Los Angeles. He doesn't report any debts in excess of $5,000 and hasn't received any gifts in excess of $200.

Controller Kathy Augustine reported $3,000 in contributions during the year with Newmont Mine donating $2,000 of it. She spent $9,227 but didn't detail any of the expenses because they apparently were under the required $100 reporting level.

Augustine also reported that besides her $80,000 state salary she has income from USAA Life Company and Delta Air Lines. Recently married to nurse Chaz Higgs, Augustine lists income of a household member from Washoe Medical Center in Reno and the U.S. Navy.

She reports she has a second home in Reno and she noted one debt of more than $5,000 to WFS Financial.

Reports from Lt. Gov. Lorraine Hunt and state Treasurer Brian Krolicki were on file in the secretary of state's office in Las Vegas but copies weren't immediately available here.


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