Candidates and political action committees filed campaign finance reports Monday, the first of four to be filed in connection with the general election.
New Mexico In Depth tallied the action Monday. Now, here’s a look at some of the larger numbers in those filings.
Advance New Mexico Now, the super PAC operated by Gov. Susana Martinez’s political adviser Jay McCleskey, outraised the next nine PACs combined. Advance accounted for 28 percent of the $3 million raised by New Mexico PACs.
Here’s the money raised by the top 15 New Mexico political action committees for the most recent reporting period.
PACs spent nearly $1.8 million during the last two months, and the Committee on Individual Responsibility, a trial lawyers PAC, led the way. The group spent nearly $119,000 contributing to mostly Democratic candidates with a few Republicans thrown in, also giving to PACs operated by Democratic candidates.
Here’s a look at the top 15 PACs in spending:
When the money didn’t go to donations to candidates or other PACs, it went to consultants. A Democratic group, ALLS LLC (it stands for Advanced Legislative Leadership Services) led the PAC consulting crew, mostly working for the House Democratic Campaign Committee. ALLS shares an address with Blue Advantage Partners and Full Arsenal Strategies, two other Democratic consulting groups.
That group even topped McCleskey Media Strategies, the consultant for Advance New Mexico Now and the governor’s Susana PAC.
Here’s a look at the top 10:
Monday’s filings also allowed lawmakers to demonstrate their fundraising prowess. Here’s a look at the top 15 fundraisers, led by Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez, a Democrat, with House Majority Leader Nate Gentry, a Republican, at second.
Gentry led all lawmakers in spending, with more than $103,000 going to Triumph Campaigns of Missouri for consulting and direct mail.
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