New Mexico candidates and political action committees filed their campaign reports Tuesday.
There’s some big money being given and spent as you’ll see in the easy-to-read charts below that were put together quickly. We could use your help in finding other interesting tidbits in the most recent campaign finance filings.
Go to NMID’s Openness Project and let us know what you find.
So, here’s a look at what NMID noticed.
While Attorney General Hector Balderas raised more than $132,000, his fundraising total goes back to April. Since he isn’t running for office, he only files twice a year.
Here are the top 15 fundraisers among candidates:
A few top Democratic donors gave to Democrats in hotly contested races.
Tom Steyer, a Democratic activist and philanthropist focused on environmental issues, and his wife Kathryn Taylor, a bank CEO, each donated $15,000 to Democratic legislative candidates in contested races. The two also gave to several candidates earlier in the year; click the links to find out more from NMID’s Openness Project.
Steyer and Taylor each donated $2,500 to the campaigns of Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, of Los Alamos; Rep. Jeff Steinborn, of Las Cruces, who is running for Senate; House candidates Nathan Small, of Las Cruces, and Elizabeth Thomson, of Albuquerque; and Sens. Michael Sanchez and Bill Soules.
And Spike Buckley, a Denver developer, donated $2,500 each to Garcia Richard, Small, Thomsom, Soules and Sanchez.
And here’s a look at the top 15 candidates in spending:
Lobbyist reports filed a week ago indicated that Everytown for Gun Safety donated to $100,000 to Patriot Majority New Mexico. The gun-control group also donated $22,500 to five other Democratic legislative PACs, and $2,500 to Senate Majority Leader Sanchez.
Patriot Majority didn’t file their report until almost 11 a.m. Wednesday. In addition to the Everytown for Gun Safety contribution, the group received $250,000 from AFSCME, a public employee union.
According to Wednesday’s report, Patriot Majority spent more than $326, 500, with a $100,000 donation to Enchantment PAC and $190,000 on media buys.
Meanwhile, the National Rifle Association donated $3,000 to eight Republican candidates in the past month.
Conservation Voters New Mexico’s Verde Voters PAC was another big winner in terms of fundraising this period.
Here’s a look at the top 15 PACs in terms of fundraising:
Meanwhile, Republican super PAC Advance New Mexico Now is the big spender of the past month. But that PAC and the plethora of Democratic PACs have plenty of cash in the bank to pummel voters with mailers, radio ads and more in the final month of the campaign.
Here are the top PACs in terms of spending in the past month: