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AP: Democrats rev up fundraising in fight to control Legislature

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) – Democrats are revving up their fundraising efforts as they try to regain control of the Nevada Legislature during a presidential-year election cycle that’s expected to be more favorable for the party than the last one.

After taking a beating during the 2014 elections and landing in the minority in the Assembly and Senate, the Assembly Democratic Caucus raised $346,768 in 2015, almost 15 times as much as the Assembly Republican Caucus’ $23,500 haul, according to campaign finance reports filed last week.

The Senate Democratic Caucus reported raising $270,273, which was three times as much as the $84,000 that Senate Republicans raised.

“It certainly was comforting to see that our efforts were paying off,” said Senate Democratic leader Aaron Ford, who added that the numbers show donor confidence in Democrats’ prospects but also affirms their platform. “Expanding and protecting the middle class is the message that resonates.”

The Nevada State Democratic Party also showed strong numbers relative to the Nevada Republican Party. Democrats reported raising $874,340 in 2015, while the state GOP raised $442,242.

Republican Assembly Majority Leader Paul Anderson said his caucus’s relatively low fundraising numbers were expected, in part because Assembly Republicans and their donors are ideologically divided, and because Republicans who retired or lost their races didn’t roll their leftover campaign money into the caucus account, as many legislative Democrats did.

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