Hitting Las Vegas’ Political Jackpot

The view from the top of the 550-foot Las Vegas High Roller. (Photo: David Becker/AP)
The view from the top of the 550-foot Las Vegas High Roller. (Photo: David Becker/AP)
The view from the top of the 550-foot Las Vegas High Roller. (Photo: David Becker/AP)

LAS VEGAS (Politico) — Sin City may have been too risqué for the Republican National Convention, but it’s just fine for Hillary Clinton, Nathan Deal, Nancy Pelosi and John Boehner.

Home to billionaire Republican megadonor Sheldon Adelson, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and an early presidential caucus, Las Vegas’ status as a political hub is on the rise, despite its withdrawing from consideration to host the 2016 GOP convention under pressure from social conservatives.

A parade of candidates and political groups are making their way through the city, drawn by the combination of campaign cash, industry gatherings and R&R. Politicians, political committees and parties have spent more than $330,000 this cycle at top hotels and restaurants on and near The Strip, according to a POLITICO analysis of Federal Election Commission data.

Top out-of-state spenders included Reps. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi ($34,000 at the Aria and MGM hotel casinos), Aaron Schock of Illinois ($21,000 at the Bellagio, MGM and Wynn) and former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor ($10,000 at the Venetian, Palazzo and Wynn).

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