Out-of-State Donors, Abortion Judgments Fueled Cortez Masto’s Fundraising – The Nevada Independent – The Nevada Independent | Region & Cash

When all politics is local, no one has told the tens of thousands of out-of-state donors who are flooding Nevada’s embattled Senate race with record-breaking amounts of campaign funds.

That’s especially true for incumbent Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, who is running for re-election in a race that could decide control of the US Senate when President Joe Biden ends his term.

Those high stakes have paid off directly in hard cash and a barrage of TV ads. Cortez Masto posted a record $7.5 million for the second quarter, which spans the period from early April to late June. Laxalt was far behind but still raised nearly $2.9 million as his fundraising efforts accelerated through the end of the main season.

These donations were driven by out-of-state donors – an analysis of more than 35,000 individual donations to the campaign by Cortez Masto totaled more than $4.8 million and an additional 2,700 donations to Laxalt totaled more than $2.1 million U.S. dollar.

However, these numbers also come with a caveat: They exclude a significant portion of small donations, since campaigns are not required by law to list contributions from donors who have donated less than $200 in total over the course of the campaign. These small contributions disproportionately impact Cortez Masto’s analysis of the campaign, which raised over $3 million in single dollars, or about two-fifths of the total money it raised last quarter.

In contrast, Laxalt raised $771,000 in unified contributions, or about a quarter of its fundraising last quarter.

They also do not take into account the rest of the candidates’ funding from other sources, such as B. Referrals from joint fundraising committees or from dividend payments.

Still, the numbers tell a tale of fundraisers raising historic amounts of campaign funds for a Nevada Senate race, with Cortez Masto in particular raising more than $53,000 a day in individual donations.

Within these daily totals, ups and downs arise not only from concerted fundraising efforts (particularly towards the end of the month and at the end of a fundraising period), but also from a changing political landscape.

This trend became abundantly clear when comparing the donation amounts afterwards Politically published the draft opinion in May Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization — the Supreme Court Conservatives’ decision that overturned constitutional protections for abortions for the first time in nearly 50 years.

Almost two months later, on June 24, the Supreme Court issued a final ruling on Dobbs that remained almost unchanged — solidifying the abortion issue as a powerful wedge for Democrats in Congress.

For Cortez Masto, who has focused much of her career on and leading up to women’s issues Dobbs made access to abortion a key campaign focus, this policy shift came with a visible fundraising hump.

On May 3, the day after the leak, she raised $133,000 from donors, well over double her average. On June 24th, the day of Dobbs decision, she raised another $101,000.

Still, those daily totals stay away from the biggest day of fundraising: the end of the quarter. On June 30, “big” donors gave Cortez Masto more than $260,000 in a single day.

Laxalt, on the other hand, has seen his fundraising punctuated more by out-of-state fundraisers in Washington, DC, Virginia and Florida — the latter of which is home to everything from Laxalt’s longtime friend, Gov. Ron DeSantis, to Donald Trump’s club Mar-a-Lago this year Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

Despite this, Nevada remained Laxalt’s largest fundraising state, with $397,000 in cumulative individual donations. Florida was close behind with $317,000, followed by California ($194,000), Virginia ($153,000) and Washington, DC ($151,000).

In contrast, Cortez Masto saw her biggest overseas totals in the deep blue usual suspects: California ($1 million), Washington, DC ($648,000) and New York ($416,000), with Nevada sitting in between at $473,000.

Editor’s Note: This story appears in Indy 2022, The Nevada Independent’s newsletter dedicated to providing comprehensive coverage of the 2022 election. Sign up for the newsletter here.

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