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Sandoval Took $100k From MGM Casinos

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R)
Brandon Rittiman / KUNR
Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R)


Governor Brian Sandoval raised and spent about two-thirds of a million dollars in the last months of his campaign. KUNR News Director Brandon Rittiman thumbed through Sandoval's recently-filed campaign report and found a big chunk of it comes from one place: Gambling giant MGM Resorts. Nevada's campaign finance laws say the most any entity can give a campaign is $10,000, the idea being to keep any one donor from wielding too much influence. But since the November election, Governor Sandoval's campaign took $100,000 from MGM Casinos. And the Secretary of State's office says they did it legally. How? The Parent company, MGM Resorts International gave $10,000. So did nine of the Las Vegas casinos it owns. Also giving at the $10,000 mark to the Governor's campaign were more casinos, mining companies, bankers, lawyers, doctors, and an auto body shop. Most of the donations in this report came in after Election Day to help cover late campaign expenses. The report also shows Sandoval's campaign raised a total of $4 million in the election cycle. It also says he spent a third of a million more than that. The governor's office would not say whether the campaign went into debt or had that cash on hand before the first reports were turned in. They referred us to campaign consulting firm November, Inc. in Las Vegas, which was not immediately available to answer that question.