The Latest: New Mexico elections regulator outraises rivals
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on campaign fundraising in the New Mexico governor’s race and other political contests (all times local):
Democratic New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver is collecting dramatically more campaign cash in her bid for re-election than her Republican and Libertarian rivals.
Toulouse Oliver on Monday reported contributions of about $123,000 from hundreds of supporters during the past six months as she seeks re-election as the state’s top election and campaign-finance regulator.
Former state lawmaker and Libertarian candidate Sandra Jeff has received a single $50 contribution to her campaign. Republican political newcomer and attorney JoHanna Cox received seven campaign contributions totaling $1,245.
U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham says she received contributions of $1.4 million toward her campaign for governor of New Mexico during the past six months.
The three-term Democratic congresswoman said in a news release Monday that her gubernatorial campaign has raised more than $3.6 million so far. Detailed campaign finance statements were due by Monday evening at the New Mexico Secretary of State’s Office.
Lujan Grisham is locked in a three-way race for the Democratic nomination against former media executive Jeff Apodaca and state Sen. Joseph Cervantes.
Congressman Steve Pearce is the sole Republican candidate. Second-term Republican Gov. Susan Martinez leaves office this year.
Congressman Steve Pearce’s campaign for governor of New Mexico says it has collected about $1.6 million over the past six months, including transfers from a federal campaign account.
Pearce is the only candidate for the Republican nomination. He reported in a news release Monday that his campaign has stockpiled about $2.1 million in cash. Detailed campaign finance statements were not yet available through the Secretary of State’s Office ahead of an evening deadline.
Pearce’s campaign received an infusion of $784,000 in November from a federal campaign account. That money was raised prior to his candidacy for governor.
Republican New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez cannot run for a third consecutive term in November. The Democratic nomination is being sought by U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, former media executive Jeff Apodaca and state Sen. Joseph Cervantes.
Candidates for governor and other public offices in New Mexico are filing their first election-year campaign finance reports that detail contributions and expenditures.
Monday evening is the deadline for candidates to make public their fundraising activities during the six-month period ending April 2. The mandatory report is the first of four ahead of June primary elections.
Republican Congressman and gubernatorial candidates Steve Pearce already reported an infusion of $784,000 to his gubernatorial campaign in November from a federal campaign account.
That money was raised by Pearce while in Congress. Contributors to Pearce’s Congressional campaign account over the past decade include political committees run by Facebook, billionaire activists Charles and David Koch, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Allsup’s convenience stores founder Barbara Allsup.