Among Heinrich’s contributors: Jackson Browne and Don Henley; Among Wilson’s: Peter Ueberroth and Brent Scowcroft
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A review of Federal Election Commission records by Capitol Report New Mexico that looked at the hundreds of contributors to the expensive and hard-fought race for the US Senate seat in New Mexico shows a wide range of people willing to fork over cash to Democrat Martin Heinrich and Republican Heather Wilson.
How wide? We’re talking about two rock stars, a couple billionaires and a former commissioner of major league baseball to go along with some high-profile political names with White House and international political experience.
And some contributors seem to play against type (at least for Heinrich) while one set of donations to the Wilson campaign falls into the “only in New Mexico politics” category.
Between the two of them, Heinrich and Wilson have raised about $8 million through June 30 and, given the enmity each side is displaying to the other in daily press releases, the cash will keep increasing up to Election Day.
But let’s look at who’s spending money in each camp so far.
We’ll start with the rock stars.
Jackson Browne and Don Henley have contributed to Heinrich’s campaign, with Browne donating $500 and Henley chipping in $1,000 along with $1,000 from his wife, Sharon. According to www.campaignmoney.com, Henley has made $49,600 in political contributions in the 2012 election cycle and Browne $4,500 – all for Democrats.
While former Gov. Bill Richardson has kept a low profile in the state given his relative unpopularity, a Barbara Richardson from Santa Fe — we presume Bill’s wife — wrote a check for $1,000 to Heinrich on June 28.
Heinrich is often associated with environmental causes but it may surprise some to see that he’s received financial assistance from people in the oil and gas industry.
It’s not that much when one considers the Heinrich campaign has raised more than $3.88 million, but of that total, Donald Anderson of Anderson Oil in Roswell gave Heinrich the maximum personal contribution of $5,000; George Coleman, the president of Coleman Oil and Gas in Farmington, gave $4,000; Roxanne Jean Decyk, listed as an executive vice president at Shell Oil, donated $5,000; and Lee Fikes of the Bonanza Oil Company in Dallas contributed $1,000.
Wilson has received large contributions from oil and gas interests (for example, the maximum $5,000 individual donation from such people as Charlotte Yates of ABO Petroleum in Artesia) but we could find no contributions from individuals associated with environmental groups.
Wilson spent more than a decade as a congresswoman from New Mexico’s First District and a number of her contributors have DC connections.
For example, former National Security Adviser under Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush, Brent Scowcroft, donated $2,500 to Wilson; Pete Domenici has contributed $1,000 and former chief of staff for President Reagan, Ken Duberstein, has chipped in $500.
One of the most interesting series of Wilson contributions come from men who now find themselves at opposite ends of the New Mexico Finance Authority scandal.
John T. Duff, the man who just last week was arrested and suspended without pay from his duties as Chief Operating Officer at the NMFA, contributed $500 to the Wilson campaign in June.
But at the same time, the man in charge of the criminal investigation in the case, Daniel Tanaka of the state Securities Division, has also donated $500 to Wilson while J. Dee Dennis Jr., who is Tanaka’s boss as cabinet secretary of State Regulation and Licensing Department, donated $2,500.
Only in New Mexico, folks.
Another contributor to the Wilson camp is Peter Ueberroth, the former commissioner of baseball from 1984-89 and boss of the highly successful 1984 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles, who donated $1,000.
So did superstar businessman Henry Kravis of the famous New York City private equity firm KKR, who contributed $2,500 — a pittance for a guy with an estimated net worth of $4 billion. Another billionaire, Drayton McLane Jr., who used to own the Houston Astros, contributed $400.
Both Wilson and Heinrich received plenty of donations from attorneys and people who work in lobbying groups.
As for contributions from political figures, here’s the breakdown for Heinrich:
*$3,500 from Clara Apodaca, the wife of former Gov. Jerry Apodaca now the CEO of the National Hispanic Cultural Center Foundation
*Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-New Mexico), whom Heinrich hopes to replace, $2,500
*Anne Bingaman, the senator’s wife and Washington-based attorney, $2,500
*Sallie Bingham, a writer from Santa Fe who is active in liberal causes, $4,500
*Sam Bregman, a prominent Albuquerque attorney who is rumored to be considering a gubernatorial run, $1,425
*State Sen. and lawyer Lisa Curtis of Albuquerque, at least $2,800
*Heinrich has received no money from state Rep. Brian Egolf (D-Santa Fe) but did received $4,000 from his dad, Brian Egolf Sr., of Creede, Colorado
*$500 from state Sen. Tim Eichenberg (D-Albuquerque)
*$250 from state Sen. Dede Feldman (D-Albuquerque)
*$1,500 from Peter Frank, who sits on the State Investment Council
*Former state Rep. John Heaton (D-Eddy County) donated $500
*$2,000 from state attorney general Gary King
*$2,250 from Patricia Madrid, former state attorney general
*$500 from state Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas (D-Albuquerque)
*$200 from Public Regulations Commission member Jason Marks
*$200 from state Rep. Bill O’Neill (D-Albuquerque) who is heading to the state Senate this November
$1,000 from Al Park (D-Albuquerque), who is stepping down from the state House of Representatives
*$500 from state Rep. Danice Picraux (D-Albuquerque) who is resigning at the end of her term
Here’s a look at the politicos who have written checks for the Wilson campaign:
*David Addington, former chief of staff for then-Vice President Dick Cheney and now with the conservative think tank the Heritage Foundation, contributed $500
*State Rep. Paul Bandy (R-Aztec) gave $1,000
*Former US ambassador to Finland, Barbara Barrett, gave the maximum $5,000
*Former US ambassador to the Holy See, Francis Rooney, contributed $2,500
*$1,000 from state Rep. Don Bratton (R-Hobbs)
*$2,250 from Doug Brown who used to serve as a member of the State Investment Council and his now dean of the Anderson School of Business at UNM
*Former Gov. Garrey Carruthers donated $2,000
*$1,000 from Coors Beer magnate Peter Coors of Golden, Colorado
*$1,000 from former state Sen. Kent Cravens (R-Albuquerque) who now works for the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association
*$1,500 from J.R. Damron, former GOP candidate for Governor and Lt. Governor
*$1,000 from former US Sen. John Danforth (R-Missouri)
*$500 from former Republican gubernatorial candidate John Dendahl, who now lives in Colorado
*State rep. Nate Gentry (R-Albuquerque), $500
*$2,500 from former US Sen. Phil Gramm (R-Texas) and $2,500 from his wife, Wendy
*$1,250 from state Rep. Jim Hall (R-Los Alamos)
*$450 from outgoing state Sen. Clint Harden (R-Clovis)
*$1,000 from current US Sen. John Hoeven (R-North Dakota)
*$555 from longtime state Sen. Stuart Ingle (R-Portales)
*Former congresswoman Nancy Johnson (R-Connecticut), $2,000
*Albuquerque city council member Trudy Jones, $1,000
*$400 from state Sen. Gay Kernan (R-Hobbs)
*Former state Sen. Steve Komadina of Corrales, $2,500
*$500 from Erica Landry, a Republican challenger to state Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton (D-Albuquerque) this November
*$1,000 from former Interior Secretary and Republican congressman Manuel Lujan Jr.
*$450 from PRC member Pat Lyons
*$1,000 from state Sen. Steve Neville (R-Aztec)
*$2,500 from chairman of the state Republican Party, Monty Newman of Hobbs
*Bill Standley, former mayor of Farmington, $500
*State Rep. James Strickler (R-Farmington), $500
*$300 from state Sen. Carroll Leavell (R-Jal)
*$2,000 from jewelry store owner and state Rep. Don Tripp (R-Socorro)
*$500 from attorney and chairwoman of the Environmental Improvement Board, Deborah Peacock
*Former candidate for State Land Commissioner Matt Rush gave $500
*Lawyer and former state Attorney General Hal Stratton gave $1,000
*Former GOP gubernatorial candidate and head of CSI Aviation Services, Col. Allen Weh, kicked in $2,500
*Colorful national politician William Weld, who was once the governor of Massachusetts, donated $1,000
Finally, a guy named James Bond gave Wilson $500. He’s not a secret agent on Her Majesty’s Secet Service, though. He’s an executive based out of Fargo, North Dakota for a firm called Collins and Company.
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