The Nevada Senate approved a bill in June that would allocate $380 million in public financing to build a $1.5 billion baseball stadium for the Oakland A’s on the Las Vegas Strip. However, it has come to light that the A’s gave some of that money back to the campaigns of the individual politicians who voted “yes” on the bill.
Campaign financing disclosures from Nevada politicians running for office again in 2024 were posted by the Nevada Secretary of State website, revealing that most of those who voted “yes” on SB1 received a donation from the A’s in October or November of last year. Of the 38 “yes” voters, 30 received at least $1,000 in campaign contributions.
The top recipients were Assembly Speaker Steve Yeager (D-Las Vegas) and Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro (D-Las Vegas), who each received the maximum allowed contribution of $10,000 from the team. Other leaders and committee chairs also received substantial amounts of money from the A’s.
In total, it appears that the A’s donated $67,000 to legislators who voted to publicly fund their stadium, and another $20,000 to Clark County Commissioners William McCurdy II and Michael Naft. These contributions are seen as a way to thank legislators for their support and also send a message that voting yes on the A’s proposals in the future could lead to personal rewards.
On the other hand, the A’s also made contributions to some of the legislators who voted “no” on SB1, though the amounts were significantly less than what was given to “yes” voters. Notably, the A’s made no contributions to the handful of senators and Assembly members who aggressively opposed the bill.
Some politicians missed the deadline to file their disclosures and are expected to do so by the end of the month. Ultimately, the donations from the A’s to the politicians have sparked concerns about the influence of money in politics and the potential for personal interests to impact legislative decisions.