“President Donald Trump told Republican National Committee members in a closed-door gathering Thursday night that he’ll travel to Nevada to back Sen. Dean Heller (R) in a competitive Republican primary” against 2016 NV-03 nominee Danny Tarkanian (R).
“Trump quizzed Nevada’s delegation about how Heller’s numbers looked headed into competitive match-ups in the GOP primary against … Tarkanian and, if he advances, in the general election against” Rep. Jacky Rosen (D-03).
“State GOP chairman Michael McDonald told Trump that Heller is in good shape.”
Trump “also committed to trips to Minnesota—where two Democratic senators are up for re-election this year.” (CNN)
ON THE ATTACK. Senate Leadership Fund began running a new digital ad hitting Tarkanian “over a series of loans and money transfers between his charity, a business and his 2012 congressional campaign.”
“The 85-second ad primarily consists of a slightly edited Channel 8 news segment by political reporter Steve Sebelius, detailing a complex financial transaction during which Tarkanian loaned $40,000 from his charity, the Tarkanian Basketball Academy, to a personal business, then to his personal account, and then to his campaign account. Tarkanian transferred the money back to himself several days later, and used it as part of a $300,000 mortgage payment to avoid a foreclosure on his home.”
“The ad is set to run on social media, search ads and on websites.” (Nevada Independent)
MONEY MATTERS. “A handful of prominent out-of-state conservative donors are funding a Nevada-based super PAC opposing … Heller’s re-election bid — though the group has taken little public action over the past five months.” The PAC, Drain the Swamp Nevada, “has stayed mostly under-the-radar since filing registration paperwork with the Federal Election Commission in September. … The PAC is connected with a website called draintheswampnv.com, which redirects to a fundraising page asking donors to ‘repeal and replace’ Heller over his vote last year against a straight repealing the Affordable Care Act.”
“The PAC reported receiving contributions of $31,100 between August 23rd and the end of the calendar year, primarily from a handful of well-known, out-of-state Republican donors, including” Foster Friess and Stanley Hubbard. (Nevada Independent)