Incumbents rule: Latest data on New Mexico Senate fundraising

Print More

New Mexico In Depth mapped state Senate candidates by the amount of cash they have in the bank, and added data about amount of funds they’ve raised and spent over two years (2015-2016). The bank balances also include cash they had on hand at the beginning of 2015.

Scroll over the map to get details of each Senate race. (We’ll get to the House races tomorrow.)

Here are a few observations:

  • Incumbents rule. They account for 75 percent or more of the money raised, spent, loaned and still in the bank.
  • Democrats are leading Senate candidate fundraising with $1.7 million to more than $985,000 for Republicans. Dems also have spent more and have more cash in the bank.
  • Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez leads all candidates with more than $208,000 raised in the last two years, and $108,000 spent. He also leads with money in the bank at the beginning of the month with nearly $125,000. His District 29 GOP opponent, Gregory Baca, of Belen, has loaned his campaign almost $10,000, raised more than $59,000 and spent only about $13,000. That leaves him with more than $55,000 in the bank, but that’s less than half of Sanchez’s cash.
  • Albuquerque’s District 9 is the most competitive Senate race, when it comes to money. Incumbent Democratic Sen. John Sapien has raised more than $105,000, while his GOP opponent Diego Espinoza has raised more than $84,000. But the cash-on-hand gap is narrower: Sapien ended the filing period with nearly $73,000 while Espinoza had more than $68,000.
  • Incumbents in uncontested races are raising loads of money. Of the 42 Senate seats, 27 are uncontested. Incumbents in those seats have raised more than $1 million and spent nearly $737,000. Leading the way is Democratic Sen. George Munoz, of Gallup, with more than $138,000 raised in the last two years, followed by Senate Majority Whip Michael Padilla, of Albuquerque, with nearly $109,000 raised and Democratic Sen. Peter Wirth, of Santa Fe, with more than $103,000 raised. Meanwhile, on the GOP side, Senate Minority Leader Stuart Ingle, of Portales has raised more than $94,000 and has more than $88,000 in the bank.
  • Winner of the “non-big-spender” award is Charles Wendell, a Las Cruces Republican challenging Senate President Pro Tem Mary Kay Papen in District 38. Wendell has raised $2,050 to Papen’s more than $63,4000. He’s spent only $144 to her more than $31,000. And he has $1,900 in the bank, to Papen’s $47,000.

And some caveats: These numbers may not necessarily add up, or match those on the Secretary of State’s Campaign Finance Information System totals. Here’s why:

  • Contributions in our data include in-kind donations, i.e. supplies or services others donated to a campaign. Those aren’t included in the Secretary of State’s contribution sums.
  • Loans are broken out separately here, because they are often loans by the candidate to themselves. On the Secretary of State’s site, they’re included in contributions data.
  • This data encompasses all filings in 2015 and 2016. Some of the contributions and spending for incumbent senators includes money from late 2014 and through 2015.
  • Many incumbents may have balances that appear larger than their total contributions. The cash on hand reflects money incumbents had in the bank before the first 2015 filing date.

And here’s a table with the data:

DistrictNamePartyStatusCityRaisedSpentLoanedOn Hand
Senate District 1William E SharerRIncumbentFarmington $41,762 $27,063 $21,563
Senate District 1Rebecca MorganDChallengerFarmington $7,400 $7,821 $2,000 $1,619
Senate District 2Steven P NevilleRIncumbentFarmington $18,749 $15,796 $10,184
Senate District 3John PintoDIncumbentGallup $4,850 $1,100 $2,620 $3,750
Senate District 4George K MunozDIncumbentGallup $138,048 $100,295 $15,267 $66,733
Senate District 5Richard C MartinezDIncumbentOjo Caliente $54,625 $19,020 $72,220
Senate District 6Carlos R CisnerosDIncumbentQuesta $24,410 $21,363 $10,878
Senate District 7John Patrick WoodsRIncumbentGrady $14,125 $4,168 $6,536
Senate District 8Pete CamposDIncumbentLas Vegas $16,162 $12,382 $3,430 $6,384
Senate District 9John M SapienDIncumbentCorrales $105,536 $41,162 $72,975
Senate District 9Diego L EspinozaRChallengerRio Rancho $84,574 $19,166 $4,000 $68,443
Senate District 10Candace Ruth GouldROpenAlbuquerque $70,919 $9,589 $15,000 $75,661
Senate District 10David J SimonDOpenLos Ranchos De Albuquerque $46,720 $18,239 $28,481
Senate District 11Linda M LopezDIncumbentAlbuquerque $20,000 $16,943 $3,464
Senate District 12Gerald P Ortiz Y PinoDIncumbentAlbuquerque $18,399 $4,843 $15,010
Senate District 13Bill B O'NeillDIncumbentAlbuquerque $40,799 $7,914 $38,944
Senate District 13A. Blair DunnRChallengerAlbuquerque $7,170 $1,893 $5,277
Senate District 14Michael PadillaDIncumbentAlbuquerque $108,802 $55,414 $46,312 $12,773
Senate District 15Daniel A Ivey-SotoDIncumbentAlbuquerque $84,055 $47,010 $45,206 $81,438
Senate District 15Eric Lyon BurtonRChallengerAlbuquerque $46,814 $5,089 $1,211 $42,357
Senate District 16Cisco McsorleyDIncumbentAlbuquerque $19,882 $26,617 $8,213 $1,012
Senate District 17Mimi StewartDIncumbentAlbuquerque $75,137 $60,875 $24,763
Senate District 18Lisa TorracoRIncumbentAlbuquerque $38,104 $10,033 $28,615
Senate District 18Bill G TallmanDChallengerAlbuquerque $23,596 $6,390 $17,206
Senate District 19James P WhiteROpenAlbuquerque $52,852 $47,920 $9,602
Senate District 19Harold W MurphreeDOpenSandia Park $2,890 $13,073 $10,848 $665
Senate District 20William H PayneRIncumbentAlbuquerque $33,288 $56,311 $16,850
Senate District 21Gregory B FrazierDChallengerAlbuquerque $40,786 $8,440 $275 $29,996
Senate District 21Mark David MooresRIncumbentAlbuquerque $81,995 $85,581 $3,998
Senate District 22Benny Shendo, JrDIncumbentJemez Pueblo $57,668 $49,283 $7,074
Senate District 23Sander RueRIncumbentAlbuquerque $22,825 $3,056 $412 $37,084
Senate District 23Joy I GarrattDChallengerAlbuquerque $8,925 $5,268 $3,472
Senate District 24Nancy RodriguezDIncumbentSanta Fe $7,254 $11,264 $9,258
Senate District 25Peter WirthDIncumbentSanta Fe $103,371 $62,325 $83,421
Senate District 26Jacob CandelariaDIncumbentAlbuquerque $29,785 $20,182 $9,938
Senate District 27Stuart IngleRIncumbentPortales $94,497 $63,299 $88,523
Senate District 28Howie C MoralesDIncumbentSilver City $10,196 $9,882 $1,513 $975
Senate District 29Michael S SanchezDIncumbentBelen $208,424 $108,307 $124,737
Senate District 29Gregory A BacaRChallengerBelen $59,230 $13,362 $9,918 $55,376
Senate District 30Clemente SanchezDIncumbentGrants $54,550 $16,727 $5,053 $58,074
Senate District 31Joseph CervantesDIncumbentLas Cruces $28,450 $20,396 $52,868
Senate District 32Cliff R PirtleRIncumbentRoswell $16,775 $200 $23,700 $18,716
Senate District 33William F BurtRIncumbentAlamogordo $14,475 $14,775 $17,515
Senate District 34Ron GriggsRIncumbentAlamogordo $24,375 $19,373 $15,181
Senate District 35John Arthur SmithDIncumbentDeming $64,474 $34,633 $34,532
Senate District 36Lee S CotterRIncumbentLas Cruces $74,092 $86 $65,857
Senate District 36Jeff SteinbornDChallengerLas Cruces $72,351 $45,392 $34,326
Senate District 37William P SoulesDIncumbentLas Cruces $100,565 $25,539 $10,000 $84,739
Senate District 37Cecelia H LevatinoRChallengerLas Cruces $51,023 $3,468 $5,000 $52,176
Senate District 38Mary Kay PapenDIncumbentLas Cruces $63,400 $31,494 $47,435
Senate District 38Charles R WendlerRChallengerLas Cruces $2,050 $144 $1,906
Senate District 39(Ted) Theodore BarelaRIncumbentEstancia $80,066 $3,376 $- $69,084
Senate District 39Elizabeth Liz StefanicsDChallengerSanta Fe $75,591 $61,137 $12,786
Senate District 40Craig W BrandtRIncumbentRio Rancho $27,036 $14,712 $18,919
Senate District 40Linda Sanchez AllisonDChallengerRio Rancho $3,319 $1,052 $61 $5,798
Senate District 41Carroll H LeavellRIncumbentJal $12,650 $6,915 $16,032
Senate District 42Gay G KernanRIncumbentHobbs $15,900 $12,372 $6,849

One thought on “Incumbents rule: Latest data on New Mexico Senate fundraising

  1. Vote the incumbents OUT, no matter rep or dem, get the crooks out. At least get a new set of crooks in place.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *