$386,000 in three weeks: With Roundhouse control at stake, big bucks flow into New Mexico
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Just take a look at the Super PAC money that’s flowing into the state in the weeks leading up to Election Day from Democratic Party and Republican Party supporters. Capitol Report New Mexico did just that and here’s what we found:
On Monday (Oct. 8), a form posted on the Secretary of State’s website showed that the Super PAC (political action committee) Patriot Majority New Mexico – which supports Democrats — received $386,000 in the space of just three weeks (Sept. 10-Oct. 1).
The largest single contributor was the NEA Advocacy Fund, which is a Super PAC representing the National Education Association teacher’s union and is based in Washington DC, that gave Patriot Majority New Mexico a total of $299,500 in two days ($250,000 on Sept. 20 and $49,500 on Sept. 21).
Going into the final four weeks of the campaign, Patriot Majority New Mexico now has $779,816 at its disposal to advertise and push Democratic Party candidates in what has already quickly become a near-death struggle for the Roundhouse as Republicans try to win control of the state House of Representatives for the first time since 1953 and narrow the Democrats’ 28-14 stranglehold on the state Senate.
But Republicans have their own resources to push New Mexico GOP candidates over the top.
For example, Republicans have their own Super PAC, called Reform New Mexico Now, that has seen some $281,100 come its way between Aug. 7-Sept. 3, with the overwhelming amount coming from the Republican State Leadership Committee ($250,000), which is based in Washington DC.
Reform New Mexico Now, which has sent out a slew of direct mail flyers (such as this one going after Democrat and state Senate pro tem Tim Jennings) during this election season, has $305,029 on hand, according to its most recent filing with the Secretary of State.
In addition, Gov. Susana Martinez has established her own political action committee, SUSANA PAC, that has $105,208 to dole out to candidates in favor of her legislative agenda, according to its most recent filing.
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Tags: Capitol Report New Mexico, National Education Association, NEA Advocacy Fund, New Mexico Secretary of State, Patriot Majority New Mexico, Reform New Mexico Now, Republican State Leadership Committee