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Laxalt Spends Weekend Rubbing Elbows with Koch Brothers and Special Interests at California Resort

Republican candidate for governor Adam Laxalt laments “the ‘Californication’ of Nevada” while stumping in rural Nevada, but he sure doesn’t mind spending time in the Golden State at a “restful sanctuary for weekend getaways” if it means getting unprecedented piles of cash from the Koch network for his campaign.

Laxalt has spent the past few days at a resort near Palm Springs with 550 of his closest pals from the Koch network of conservative mega-donors, who each contribute at least $100,000 per year to Koch-affiliated organizations. At the summit, the Koch brothers’ Americans for Prosperity PAC announced that Nevada is in their top five gubernatorial races and that they’re backing a massive effort to elect Laxalt, including spending millions on new ad buys in Nevada, on top of the million-dollar ad buy made by the Kochs’ Freedom Partners super PAC when Laxalt launched his campaign. Today, Laxalt is a featured speaker on a “rising stars” panel at the confab.

Nevada State Democratic Party spokesperson Helen Kalla released the following statement:

“Adam Laxalt wants voters to believe he’ll fight for what’s best for Nevada, but in reality, he’s bought and paid for by mega-donors and special interests. Laxalt is just another political climber who depends on the Kochs and their wealthy friends to fund his ambitions in exchange for prioritizing their bottom lines over Nevada families. Nevada deserves a governor who will put our interests first, not those of Washington PACs and out-of-state corporate donors.”