Wirth & Egolf spread the cash around before leadership elections

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Sen. Peter Wirth and Rep. Brian Egolf, both Santa Fe Democrats.

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Sen. Peter Wirth and Rep. Brian Egolf, both Santa Fe Democrats.

Generous distribution of campaign cash by Sen. Peter Wirth and Rep. Brian Egolf may have contributed to their elevation to top legislative leadership roles.

The new Democratic legislative leaders and their political action committees outspent their Republican counterparts. They donated money to candidates in competitive and noncompetitive races, and to PACs run by other Democratic lawmakers.

And PACs overseen by Egolf, who is expected to become Speaker of the House today, spent considerable money on consultants to research and strategize for candidates, helping Democrats recover the state House with a 38-32 majority.

Outgoing Republican House Speaker Don Tripp’s PAC, on the other hand, spent the bulk of its money donating to candidates and their PACs.

“We lost the House so maybe they had a better strategy,” Tripp said.

Despite the defeat of Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez, whom Wirth replaces, Democrats increased their majority in the Senate by two, to 26-16. And Wirth’s generous giving may have helped. He gave $46,000 to Democratic senatorial candidates of the $75,200 he spread around.

It’s typical for lawmakers in leadership or aspiring to leadership to spread their money around, via their own campaign accounts or leadership PACs, said Ed Bender, executive director for the National Institute on Money in State Politics.

“You see this in state after state,” Bender said. “They raise so much money, their stars just to continue to rise.”

New Mexico In Depth reported on the seeming “shell game” played when lawmakers in safe seats, particularly legislative leaders, raised money for their candidate campaigns and PACs. That money was then funneled to the most competitive races that helped decide control of the Legislature.

Super PACs, which may take unlimited donations and spend freely as long as they don’t coordinate with candidates or political parties, played a larger role in competitive legislative races in 2016.

Typically funded by unions on the Democratic side and business interests on the Republican side, super PACs sent mailers, created websites and aired radio and TV ads in 2016. Often those messages were negative, aimed at persuading voters to oppose one candidate or another.

But those aren’t the type of PACs created by Wirth and Egolf. They were traditional PACs, governed by contribution limits and allowed to coordinate with candidates, whose numbers also have risen in recent years.

In 2016, more lawmakers created traditional PACs, which moved money around to key legislative contests.

Dem leaders wage campaign to take back the House

Egolf oversaw two leadership PACs, the House Democratic Campaign Committee and the New Mexico Defense Fund. And Republican House leaders had similar efforts underway.

The two Democratic PACs spent more than $790,000 compared with nearly $537,000 spent by the Don Tripp Speaker PAC and the Republican Leadership PAC operated by former House Majority Leader Nate Gentry.

Tripp spent slightly more individual campaign money than Egolf did. Tripp was unopposed, while Egolf was barely opposed – his Republican opponent spent less than $1,300 on the contest.

And while Gentry was the largest individual campaign spender among House leaders, he faced a competitive contest, fighting off a challenge from Democrat Natalie Figueroa. He spent much of his money on mailers and other media in his own race.

Here’s a look at amount spent  by the top three House leaders and their political action committees:

Egolf said his campaign fundraising and giving naturally followed his role as House minority leader. Fellow Democrats elected him their leader after the 2014 elections that saw Republicans take control of the House for the first time in 60 years.

I think it was a natural continuation of my work in the House over the past two years,” Egolf said.

Campaign cash didn’t come up in conversations surrounding new House leadership this year, he said.

“It didn’t come up in the conversations with the people who were seeking the other leadership positions,” Egolf said. “To me, most of the conversations that I had seeking support for the role of speaker talked a lot more about how the House would be run and leadership style.”

Here’s a look at how House leaders and PACs spent their money.

Egolf said the money spent on consulting provided assistance to candidates in terms of media, canvassing and other services.

Tripp, on the other hand, said he preferred to let candidates decide how and where to spend on their campaigns.

“I just prefer to give money to candidates and let them buy into their own campaign,” Tripp said.

“It’s better spent than spending it for them.”

Dems defend the Senate

In the Senate, Wirth, Sanchez and their PACs far outspent Senate Minority Leader Stuart Ingle and his PAC 22.

But, as with Gentry, the bulk of Sanchez’s spending was on his own campaign. The former majority leader battled both Republican Greg Baca and super PAC Advance New Mexico Now, operated by GOP Gov. Susana Martinez’s political advisers. Baca won with 55 percent of the vote.

Wirth also outspent Senate Majority Whip Michael Padilla, D-Albuquerque. Padilla donated $32,050 to other Democratic candidates and PACs, while his New Mexico Sunrise PAC donated $37,600.

Here’s a look at spending by Sanchez, Wirth, Ingle and their PACs:

And here’s a look at how some of that money was spent:

While the Democratic Senate PACs spent some money on consulting, they also donated heavily to candidates and other candidate-operated PACs. Ingle and PAC 22 didn’t spend on consulting.

Wirth said he was surprised by Sanchez’s loss, and didn’t make a connection between his fundraising activities and his election as majority leader.

“It’s an interesting question that I really didn’t think about when I decided to run,” he said. Listen to Sen. Wirth. “Part of being in this position is having long-established relationships with my colleagues, and those really are based on legislation, working together during the time I’ve been in the chamber.”

Wirth’s campaign donated $10,000 to Sanchez, while his PAC, True Blue, gave $10,800, both the maximum allowed. And he noted that super PAC spending like that of Advance will be a target for more disclosure in the upcoming session.

“Certainly I did everything I could to help him win,” Wirth said of Sanchez. “This is why I’ve been so passionate about changing the rules.”

Common Cause Executive Director Viki Harrison said she didn’t see Wirth’s activity as positioning for a leadership role.

“I don’t think Peter ever imagined that Michael would lose his position, especially with all these races that went the other way,” Harrison said.

She noted that lawmakers in safe seats typically play bigger roles in helping out those in contested races.

“When you have an uncontested race, you continue to raise money and try to help out other members,” Harrison said. “Peter has been doing that for years, so has Brian. They’re in Santa Fe. I can’t even remember when the last time they had some general opposition from a Republican.”

Bender agreed.

“Bottom line is, that’s politics, and money is politics.”

But he noted those leadership roles sometimes make lawmakers targets for the opposition, as Sanchez and Gentry were in 2016.

“If a leader is extremely powerful and someone wants to make a statement and knock him off, that distracts from his ability to be a kingmaker,” Bender said. “It is a two-edged sword, as anything in politics is.”

Here’s a look at donations from legislative leaders and their PACs to other legislative candidates and their PACs:

DonorAmountDateRecipient
Brian Egolf15005/28/16Ane Romero for House
Peter Wirth25003/11/16Benny Shendo for Senate
Peter Wirth10009/12/16Bill O'Neill for Senate
Peter Wirth25007/5/16Bill Soules for Senate
Peter Wirth25003/9/16Bill Soules for Senate
Nate Gentry25005/27/16Andy Nunez for House
Michael Sanchez25012/18/15Daniel Ivey-Soto for Senate
Michael Sanchez5004/3/16Harold Murphree for Senate
Michael Sanchez5004/3/16John Wallace for House
Michael Sanchez32511/7/15Patricia Caballero for House
Nate Gentry25005/27/16Christina Hall for House
Nate Gentry25006/13/16David Adkins for House
Brian Egolf10004/4/16Ane Romero for House
Michael Sanchez2009/17/15Bill O'Neill for Senate
Michael Sanchez5004/20/16Bill Soules for Senate
Nate Gentry25006/21/16Jim Smith for House
Nate Gentry25005/27/16John Zimmerman for House
Brian Egolf10004/4/16Arturo Fierro for House
Nate Gentry25006/13/16Kelly Fajardo for House
Nate Gentry25005/27/16Kelly Fajardo for House
Nate Gentry25009/20/16Paul Pacheco for House
Michael Sanchez25010/8/14Donna Tillman for Senate
Brian Egolf15005/28/16Arturo Fierro for House
Nate Gentry25005/27/16Paul Pacheco for House
Nate Gentry250010/13/16Rebecca Dow for House
Nate Gentry25005/27/16Rebecca Dow for House
Michael Sanchez5004/28/16John Sapien for Senate
Nate Gentry25005/27/16Ricky Little for House
Nate Gentry25005/27/16Sarah Maestas Barnes for House
Nate Gentry250010/13/16Sharon Clahchischillage for House
Nate Gentry25005/27/16Sharon Clahchischillage for House
Michael Sanchez25010/8/14Linda Sanchez Allison for Senate
Peter Wirth10009/13/16Matthew McQueen for House
Peter Wirth10004/15/16Matthew McQueen for House
Brian Egolf10004/4/16Bealquin Gomez for House
Michael Sanchez2008/18/15Michael Padilla for Senate
Michael Sanchez25010/9/14Michael Padilla for Senate
Brian Egolf5009/15/15Bill O'Neill for Senate
Nate Gentry25005/27/16Terry McMillan for House
Nate Gentry25009/28/16Sarah Maestas Barnes for House
Nate Gentry10005/27/16Alonzo Baldonado for House
Nate Gentry10005/27/16David Adkins for House
Nate Gentry10005/27/16Jim Smith for House
Nate Gentry10005/28/16Vicki Chavez for House
Nate Gentry10005/27/16Vicki Chavez for House
Nate Gentry5007/13/16Candace Gould for Senate
Nate Gentry5005/19/16David Adkins for House
Nate Gentry5007/21/15Kelly Fajardo for House
Brian Egolf150010/25/16Candie Sweetser for House
Brian Egolf15006/22/16Candie Sweetser for House
Brian Egolf10004/4/16Christine Trujillo for House
Brian Egolf10004/4/16D. Wonda Johnson for House
Brian Egolf60010/26/16Daymon Ely for House
Brian Egolf15005/28/16Daymon Ely for House
Brian Egolf10004/4/16Daymon Ely for House
Brian Egolf15006/22/16Debbie Sarinana for House
Brian Egolf10008/23/16Derrick J. Lente for House
Brian Egolf2508/29/16Doreen Gallegos for House
Brian Egolf25010/9/15Elizabeth Stefanics for Senate
Brian Egolf10004/4/16Elizabeth Thomson for House
Brian Egolf15005/28/16Elizabeth Thomson for House
Brian Egolf150010/25/16Elizabeth Thomson for House
Brian Egolf15005/28/16GloJean Todacheene for House
Michael Sanchez5007/21/16Arturo Fierro for House
Michael Sanchez5005/15/16Arturo Fierro for House
Michael Sanchez5007/21/16Jim Danner for House
Michael Sanchez5005/15/16Jim Danner for House
Brian Egolf10004/4/16GloJean Todacheene for House
Peter Wirth25007/5/16Daniel Ivey-Soto for Senate
Peter Wirth25003/9/16Daniel Ivey-Soto for Senate
Peter Wirth15009/20/16David Simon for Senate
Peter Wirth10007/13/16David Simon for Senate
Peter Wirth10004/29/16David Simon for Senate
Brian Egolf10008/29/16Harry Garcia for House
Brian Egolf10004/4/16Idalia for House
Brian Egolf100010/31/16Joanne Ferrary for House
Brian Egolf15005/28/16Joanne Ferrary for House
Don Tripp54005/31/16Don Tripp
Brian Egolf10004/4/16Joanne Ferrary for House
Brian Egolf150011/7/16John Wallace for House
Brian Egolf2504/4/16John Wallace for House
Brian Egolf10004/4/16Matthew McQueen for House
Brian Egolf5005/28/16Matthew McQueen for House
Brian Egolf10008/29/16Michael Sanchez for Senate
Brian Egolf10004/4/16Natalie Figuroa for House
Brian Egolf10004/4/16Nate Small for House
Peter Wirth10004/15/16Stephanie Garcia Richard for House
Peter Wirth25003/11/16George K. Munoz for Senate
Brian Egolf100010/31/16Nate Small for House
Brian Egolf15005/28/16Nate Small for House
Peter Wirth25003/11/16Jeff Steinborn for Senate
Peter Wirth25007/5/16Jeff Steinborn for Senate
Nate Gentry5005/18/16Jim Smith for House
Peter Wirth25003/11/16John Pinto for State Senate
Peter Wirth25003/9/16John Sapien for Senate
Peter Wirth25006/20/16John Sapien for Senate
Brian Egolf10004/4/16Nick Salazar for House
Brian Egolf2508/29/16Patricia Lundstrom for House
Don Tripp250010/28/15Kelly Fajardo for House
Peter Wirth15008/29/16Liz Stephanics for State Senate
Peter Wirth10007/10/16Liz Stephanics for State Senate
Nate Gentry5007/21/15Paul Pacheco for House
Peter Wirth25003/11/16Mary Kay Papen for Senate
Peter Wirth25006/28/16Michael Sanchez for Senate
Peter Wirth25003/10/16Michael Sanchez for Senate
Brian Egolf100010/31/16Rudy Martinez for House
Brian Egolf15005/28/16Rudy Martinez for House
Brian Egolf25012/30/15Rudy Martinez for House
Brian Egolf10004/4/16Rudy Martinez for House
Brian Egolf10004/4/16Stephanie Garcia Richard for House
Nate Gentry50010/30/16Zach Cook for House
Peter Wirth25003/9/16Mimi Stewart for Senate
Brian Egolf50010/31/16Stephanie Garcia Richard for House
Brian Egolf15005/28/16Stephanie Garcia Richard for House
Nate Gentry4004/22/16Vicki Chavez for House
Peter Wirth10009/13/16Stephanie Garcia Richard for House
Nate Gentry2506/22/16Eric Burton for Senate
Don Tripp250011/1/16Monica Youngblood for House
Don Tripp250010/27/16Eric Burton for Senate
Don Tripp250010/27/16Ted Barela for Senate
Don Tripp250010/26/16Ceil Levatino for Senate
Don Tripp250010/26/16James Strickler for House
Don Tripp250010/14/16John Zimmerman for House
Don Tripp250010/14/16Larry Scott for House
Don Tripp250010/14/16Andy Nunez for House
Don Tripp250010/14/16Terry McMillan for House
Don Tripp250010/14/16Paul Pacheco for House
Don Tripp250010/14/16James Townsend for House
Don Tripp250010/14/16Rebecca Dow for House
Don Tripp250010/14/16Sharon Clahchischillage for House
Don Tripp250010/14/16Yvette Herrell for House
Don Tripp250010/12/16Sharon Stover for House
Don Tripp250010/14/16Christina Hall for House
Don Tripp250010/12/16Vicki Chavez for House
Nate Gentry2508/27/15Mark Moores for Senate
Stuart Ingle250010/20/16Cliff Pirtle for Senate
Stuart Ingle25008/26/16Eric Burton for Senate
Stuart Ingle25008/25/16Lee Cotter for Senate
Stuart Ingle25008/25/16Ceil Levatino for Senate
Stuart Ingle25008/25/16Ted Barela for Senate
Stuart Ingle25006/29/16Sander Rue For Senate
Don Tripp10008/18/16Diego Espinoza for Senate
Stuart Ingle25006/9/16James White for Senate
Stuart Ingle25003/20/16Candace Gould for Senate
Stuart Ingle25003/8/16Diego Espinoza for Senate
Stuart Ingle250012/15/15Ted Barela for Senate
Stuart Ingle25001/20/15Aubrey Dunn for House
Stuart Ingle250012/16/14Mark Moores for Senate
Stuart Ingle200010/6/16William Burt for Senate
Don Tripp25006/3/16Candy Spence Ezzell for House
Don Tripp25006/3/16Jason Harper for House
Don Tripp25006/3/16Bill Rehm for House
Don Tripp25006/3/16Zach Cook for House
Don Tripp25006/3/16James Strickler for House
Don Tripp25006/3/16Paul Bandy for House
Don Tripp25006/3/16Cathrynn Brown for House
Don Tripp25006/3/16Larry Larranaga for House
Don Tripp25006/3/16Jane Powdrell Culbert for House
Don Tripp25006/3/16Monica Youngblood for House
Don Tripp25006/3/16Yvette Herrell for House
Don Tripp25006/3/16Jim Smith for House
Don Tripp25006/3/16Paul Pacheco for House
Don Tripp25006/3/16Sarah Maestas Barnes for House
Don Tripp25006/3/16Sharon Stover for House
Don Tripp25006/3/16Christina Hall for House
Don Tripp25006/3/16Rebecca Dow for House
Don Tripp25006/3/16Vicki Chavez for House
Don Tripp25006/3/16Andy Nunez for House
Don Tripp25006/3/15John Zimmerman for House
Don Tripp25006/3/16Terry McMillan for House
Don Tripp25006/3/16Ricky Little for House
Stuart Ingle20008/31/16Candace Gould for Senate
Stuart Ingle20008/25/16Diego Espinoza for Senate
Stuart Ingle150010/12/16Carroll Leavell for Senate
Stuart Ingle15006/7/16Lisa Torraco for Senate
Stuart Ingle150012/14/15Lee Cotter for Senate
Don Tripp25005/18/16Sharon Clahchischillage for House
Don Tripp25005/18/16Larry Larranaga for House
Don Tripp25005/16/16David Adkins for House
Stuart Ingle10004/23/16Candy Spence Ezzell for House
Stuart Ingle10004/23/16Craig Brandt for Senate
Stuart Ingle10004/23/16Lisa Torraco for Senate
Stuart Ingle10004/23/16Sander Rue For Senate
Peter Wirth25003/11/16Bill O'Neill for Senate
Stuart Ingle10003/8/16Greg Nibert for Senate
Stuart Ingle10004/21/15Ted Barela for Senate
Stuart Ingle5009/18/16Diego Espinoza for Senate
Stuart Ingle5009/8/16Greg Nibert for Senate
Stuart Ingle5007/12/16Candace Gould for Senate
Don Tripp25009/15/15Sarah Maestas Barnes for House
Stuart Ingle5006/10/16Christina Hall for House
Stuart Ingle5006/8/16Candy Spence Ezzell for House
Stuart Ingle362.552/15/15Randy Crowder for Senate
Stuart Ingle3009/15/16Bob Wooley for Senate
Stuart Ingle3008/21/15Bob Wooley for Senate
PAC NameAmountDate ContributionName
True Blue PAC54008/29/16Bill Soules for Senate
True Blue PAC54006/3/16Bill Soules for Senate
True Blue PAC440010/7/16Bill Tallman for Senate
True Blue PAC10009/12/16Bill Tallman for Senate
NM Senate Majority Leadership Fund100010/26/15Benny Shendo for Senate
NM Senate Majority Leadership Fund80010/26/15Bill O'Neill for Senate
NM Senate Majority Leadership Fund100010/26/15Bill Soules for Senate
NM Senate Majority Leadership Fund60010/26/15Carlos Cisneros for Senate
NM Senate Majority Leadership Fund100010/26/15Cisco McSorley for Senate
NM Senate Majority Leadership Fund100010/26/15Clemente Sanchez for Senate
NM Senate Majority Leadership Fund100010/26/15Daniel Ivey-Soto for Senate
NM Senate Majority Leadership Fund100010/26/15George Munoz for Senate
NM Senate Majority Leadership Fund100010/26/15Howie Morales for Senate
NM Senate Majority Leadership Fund100010/26/15Jacob Candelaria for Senate
NM Senate Majority Leadership Fund100010/26/15Jerry Ortiz y Pino for Senate
NM Senate Majority Leadership Fund100010/26/15John Arthur Smith for Senate
NM Senate Majority Leadership Fund100010/26/15John Pinto for Senate
NM Senate Majority Leadership Fund100010/13/15John Sapien for Senate
NM Senate Majority Leadership Fund100010/26/15Joseph Cervantes for Senate
NM Senate Majority Leadership Fund100010/26/15Linda Lopez for Senate
NM Senate Majority Leadership Fund100010/26/15Mary Kay Papen for Senate
NM Senate Majority Leadership Fund80010/26/15Michael Padilla for Senate
NM Senate Majority Leadership Fund100010/26/15Mimi Stewart for Senate
NM Senate Majority Leadership Fund100010/26/15Nancy Rodriguez for Senate
NM Senate Majority Leadership Fund100010/26/15Pete Campos for Senate
NM Senate Majority Leadership Fund100010/26/15Richard Martinez for Senate
NM Senate Majority Leadership Fund6004/27/16Benny Shendo for Senate
NM Senate Majority Leadership Fund5004/24/16Benny Shendo for Senate
NM Senate Majority Leadership Fund6004/28/16Bill Soules for Senate
NM Senate Majority Leadership Fund5004/24/16Bill Tallman for Senate
New Mexico Defense Fund40005/29/15Brian Egolf for House
NM Senate Majority Leadership Fund5004/24/16David Simon for Senate
NM Senate Majority Leadership Fund5004/24/16George Munoz for Senate
NM Senate Majority Leadership Fund100010/27/16Greg Frazier for Senate
NM Senate Majority Leadership Fund5004/24/16Greg Frazier for Senate
NM Senate Majority Leadership Fund6005/2/16John Sapien for Senate
NM Senate Majority Leadership Fund5004/24/16John Sapien for Senate
Republican Leadership PAC100012/9/14Kelly Fajardo for House
NM Senate Majority Leadership Fund10009/7/16Linda Sanchez Allison for Senate
NM Senate Majority Leadership Fund5004/24/16Linda Sanchez Allison for Senate
NM Senate Majority Leadership Fund190010/20/16Liz Stefanics for Senate
NM Senate Majority Leadership Fund6004/28/16Mimi Stewart for Senate
NM Senate Majority Leadership Fund5004/24/16Mimi Stewart for Senate
Republican Leadership PAC8006/1/15Nate Gentry for House
Republican Leadership PAC100002/24/15Nate Gentry for House
Republican Leadership PAC1100011/17/16Nate Gentry for House
Republican Leadership PAC10003/28/16Sarah Maestas Barnes for House
Republican Leadership PAC40009/8/16Sharon Clahchischilliage for House
Republican Leadership PAC25009/9/16Sharon Stover for House
New Mexico Defense Fund100010/19/16Candie Sweetser for House
New Mexico Defense Fund100010/19/16Joanne Ferrary for House
House Democratic Campaign Committee1692.510/11/16Matthew McQueen for House
New Mexico Defense Fund100010/19/16Rudy Martinez for House
NM Senate Majority Leadership Fund29008/31/16Bill Soules for Senate
NM Senate Majority Leadership Fund25007/26/16Bill Soules for Senate
NM Senate Majority Leadership Fund10009/7/16Bill Tallman for Senate
NM Senate Majority Leadership Fund4009/30/15Carlos Cisneros for Senate
NM Senate Majority Leadership Fund29008/31/16Daniel Ivey-Soto for Senate
NM Senate Majority Leadership Fund25007/26/16Daniel Ivey-Soto for Senate
NM Senate Majority Leadership Fund100010/20/16David Simon for Senate
NM Senate Majority Leadership Fund10009/7/16David Simon for Senate
NM Senate Majority Leadership Fund10009/7/16Greg Frazier for Senate
NM Senate Majority Leadership Fund10008/3/16Greg Frazier for Senate
NM Senate Majority Leadership Fund100010/23/16Harold Murphree for Senate
NM Senate Majority Leadership Fund15009/7/16Jeff Steinborn for Senate
NM Senate Majority Leadership Fund10007/26/16Jeff Steinborn for Senate
NM Senate Majority Leadership Fund29008/31/16John Sapien for Senate
NM Senate Majority Leadership Fund25007/26/16John Sapien for Senate
NM Senate Majority Leadership Fund10009/7/16Joy Garrett for Senate
NM Senate Majority Leadership Fund15009/7/16Liz Stefanics for Senate
NM Senate Majority Leadership Fund10007/26/16Liz Stefanics for Senate
NM Senate Majority Leadership Fund10009/7/16Rebecca Morgan for Senate
True Blue PAC54006/2/16Daniel Ivey-Soto for Senate
True Blue PAC54008/29/16Daniel Ivey-Soto for Senate
True Blue PAC54008/29/16David Simon for Senate
House Democratic Campaign Committee90010/26/16Daymon Ely for House
New Mexico Defense Fund50010/19/16Stephanie Garcia Richard for House
True Blue PAC440010/7/16Greg Frazier for Senate
True Blue PAC10009/12/16Greg Frazier for Senate
True Blue PAC10005/31/16Jeff Steinborn for Senate
True Blue PAC54008/29/16John Sapien for Senate
True Blue PAC54006/2/16John Sapien for Senate
True Blue PAC54008/29/16Liz Stefanics for Senate
True Blue PAC54008/29/16Michael Sanchez for Senate
True Blue PAC54006/3/16Michael Sanchez for Senate
Republican Leadership PAC25006/14/16Paul Pacheco for House
NM Senate Majority Leadership Fund540010/1/15Michael Sanchez for Senate
True Blue PAC54004/28/16Benny Shendo for Senate
Republican Leadership PAC10007/3/16Sarah Maestas Barnes for House
True Blue PAC54008/29/16Jeff Steinborn for Senate
Republican Leadership PAC25009/13/16John Zimmerman for House
Don Tripp Speaker PAC25009/23/15Zachary Cook for House
Don Tripp Speaker PAC25009/21/15James Strickler for House
Don Tripp Speaker PAC25009/21/15Rod Montoya for House
Don Tripp Speaker PAC25009/21/15Sharon Clahchischilliage for House
Don Tripp Speaker PAC25009/21/15Paul Bandy for House
Don Tripp Speaker PAC50009/21/15David Adkins for House
Don Tripp Speaker PAC25009/16/15Sarah Maestas Barnes for House
PAC 2235009/18/16Candace Gould for Senate
PAC 2235009/18/16Lee Cotter for Senate
PAC 2235009/18/16Cecelia Levatino for Senate
PAC 2235009/18/16Ted Barela for Senate
PAC 2235009/18/16Eric Burton for Senate
PAC 2235006/9/16James White for Senate
PAC 22250011/3/16Lisa Torraco for Senate
PAC 2225006/7/16Lisa Torraco for Senate
PAC 2225004/21/16Eric Burton for Senate
PAC 2225004/21/16Cecelia Levatino for Senate
PAC 2225004/21/16Candace Gould for Senate
PAC 2225003/17/16Cecelia Levatino for Senate
PAC 2225003/8/16Diego Espinoza for Senate
PAC 22200012/18/14Cliff Pirtle for Senate
PAC 22190010/25/16Lee Cotter for Senate
PAC 2215006/29/16Sander Rue for Senate
PAC 2215006/25/16Aubrey Dunn for Senate
PAC 2215006/25/16Candace Gould for Senate
PAC 2215006/25/16Gregory Baca for Senate
PAC 2215006/25/16Cecelia Levatino for Senate
PAC 2215006/25/16Diego Espinoza for Senate
PAC 2215006/25/16Ted Barela for Senate
PAC 2215006/25/16Eric Burton for Senate
PAC 2215004/21/16Gregory Baca for Senate
PAC 22150011/23/15Ted Barela for Senate
PAC 22140012/14/15Lee Cotter for Senate
PAC 2210004/21/15Ted Barela for Senate
PAC 2210005/25/16Ted Barela for Senate
PAC 2210005/22/16Eric Burton for Senate
PAC 2210005/3/16Craig Brandt for Senate
PAC 2210004/21/16Charles Wendler for Senate
PAC 225007/20/16Candace Gould for Senate
Don Tripp Speaker PAC100010/19/16Andy Nunez for House
Don Tripp Speaker PAC100010/19/16Sharon Clahchischilliage for House
Don Tripp Speaker PAC100010/19/16Rebecca Dow for House
Don Tripp Speaker PAC100010/19/16Christina Hall for House
Don Tripp Speaker PAC100010/19/16Vicki Chavez for House
Don Tripp Speaker PAC10009/12/16Bill Rehm for House
Don Tripp Speaker PAC842.079/1/16Sarah Maestas Barnes for House
Don Tripp Speaker PAC35009/1/16Christina Hall for House
Don Tripp Speaker PAC35009/1/16Rebecca Dow for House
Don Tripp Speaker PAC35009/1/16Vicki Chavez for House
Don Tripp Speaker PAC35009/1/16Sharon Stover for House
Don Tripp Speaker PAC35009/1/16Sharon Clahchischilliage for House
Don Tripp Speaker PAC825.357/25/16Sharon Clahchischilliage for House
Don Tripp Speaker PAC2376.357/25/16Rick Little for House
Don Tripp Speaker PAC825.347/25/16David Adkins for House
Don Tripp Speaker PAC825.347/25/16Vicki Chavez for House
Don Tripp Speaker PAC825.347/25/16Rebecca Dow for House
Don Tripp Speaker PAC3931.337/25/16Terry McMillan for House
Don Tripp Speaker PAC825.347/25/16Sharon Stover for House
Don Tripp Speaker PAC825.347/25/16Christina Hall for House
Don Tripp Speaker PAC2651.027/25/16Paul Pacheco for House
Don Tripp Speaker PAC1259.057/25/16John Zimmerman for House
Don Tripp Speaker PAC3592.877/25/16Sarah Maestas Barnes for House
Don Tripp Speaker PAC3070.797/25/16Andy Nunez for House
Don Tripp Speaker PAC54006/3/16Dennis Roch for House
Don Tripp Speaker PAC54006/3/16Jimmy Hall for House
Don Tripp Speaker PAC54006/3/16Candy Spence Ezzell for House
Don Tripp Speaker PAC54005/24/16Yvette Herrell for House
Don Tripp Speaker PAC54005/24/16Cathrynn Brown for House
Don Tripp Speaker PAC54005/24/16Jane Powdrell Culbert for House
Don Tripp Speaker PAC10005/23/16Sarah Maestas Barnes for House
Don Tripp Speaker PAC4005/20/16Sharon Stover for House
Don Tripp Speaker PAC29005/18/16Rick Little for House
Don Tripp Speaker PAC29005/18/16Zachary Cook for House
Don Tripp Speaker PAC29005/18/16Jason Harper for House
Don Tripp Speaker PAC29005/18/16James Strickler for House
Don Tripp Speaker PAC29005/18/16Paul Bandy for House
Don Tripp Speaker PAC8005/18/16Sharon Clahchischilliage for House
Don Tripp Speaker PAC54005/18/16Bill Rehm for House
Don Tripp Speaker PAC20005/18/16Alonzo Baldonado for House
Don Tripp Speaker PAC14005/18/16Sarah Maestas Barnes for House
Don Tripp Speaker PAC54005/18/16Larry Larranaga for House
Don Tripp Speaker PAC25005/18/16Christina Hall for House
Don Tripp Speaker PAC54005/18/16Monica Youngblood for House
Don Tripp Speaker PAC54005/18/16Jim Smith for House
Don Tripp Speaker PAC4005/18/16David Adkins for House
Don Tripp Speaker PAC10005/12/16Sharon Stover for House
Don Tripp Speaker PAC10004/18/16Vicki Chavez for House
Don Tripp Speaker PAC10004/18/16Rebecca Dow for House
Don Tripp Speaker PAC10004/15/16Terry McMillan for House
Don Tripp Speaker PAC25004/13/16Rick Little for House
Don Tripp Speaker PAC10004/12/16Rebecca Dow for House
Don Tripp Speaker PAC25003/21/16Christina Hall for House
Don Tripp Speaker PAC5004/3/16Rebecca Dow for House
Don Tripp Speaker PAC25003/21/16Rick Little for House
Don Tripp Speaker PAC25003/21/16Terry McMillan for House
Don Tripp Speaker PAC25003/21/16Andy Nunez for House
Don Tripp Speaker PAC25003/21/16Paul Pacheco for House
Don Tripp Speaker PAC25003/21/16Sharon Stover for House
Don Tripp Speaker PAC25003/21/16Sharon Stover for House
Don Tripp Speaker PAC25003/21/16Vicki Chavez for House
Don Tripp Speaker PAC10003/15/16Andy Nunez for House
Don Tripp Speaker PAC10003/15/16Terry McMillan for House
Don Tripp Speaker PAC25003/15/16Rebecca Dow for House
Don Tripp Speaker PAC250011/13/15Dennis Roch for House
Don Tripp Speaker PAC250010/22/15Jason Harper for House
Don Tripp Speaker PAC250010/22/15John Zimmerman for House
Don Tripp Speaker PAC540010/11/164 NM PAC
Don Tripp Speaker PAC54007/26/16Affordable Energy PAC
Don Tripp Speaker PAC54006/6/16Affordable Energy PAC
NM Senate Majority Leadership Fund500010/20/16Committee To Elect Senate Democrats
True Blue PAC540010/10/16Committee To Elect Senate Democrats
Don Tripp Speaker PAC54007/26/16NM Family First PAC
Don Tripp Speaker PAC54006/6/16Heritage NM PAC
Don Tripp Speaker PAC54007/26/16Heritage NM PAC
True Blue PAC540010/4/16Homegrown PAC
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True Blue PAC540010/9/16New Mexicans for Working Families
NM Senate Majority Leadership Fund500010/20/16New Mexicans for Working Families
True Blue PAC540010/9/16New Mexico Leaders Fund
NM Senate Majority Leadership Fund500010/20/16New Mexico Promise
NM Senate Majority Leadership Fund500010/20/16New Mexico Sunrise PAC
True Blue PAC50003/22/16New Mexico Together PAC
NM Senate Majority Leadership Fund500010/20/16NM Senate Victory Fund
Don Tripp Speaker PAC54006/6/16NM Family First PAC
Republican Leadership PAC100011/20/16NM Forward
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Don Tripp Speaker PAC540010/11/16NM Future PAC
Don Tripp Speaker PAC54005/18/16NM Future PAC
Don Tripp Speaker PAC540010/11/16NM Pro Resources
Don Tripp Speaker PAC540010/27/16NM Republican Senate Majority PAC
Don Tripp Speaker PAC54007/26/16Panyard PAC
Don Tripp Speaker PAC54006/6/16Panyard PAC
Don Tripp Speaker PAC54007/26/16Progress NM PAC
Don Tripp Speaker PAC54006/6/16Progress NM PAC
House Democratic Campaign Committee6506/30/16Rep Majority Leadership Office Fund
Don Tripp Speaker PAC54007/26/16Republican Leadership PAC
Don Tripp540010/31/164 NM PAC
Brian Egolf500010/31/16A Strong New Mexico
Nate Gentry54006/21/16Affordable Energy PAC
Don Tripp54006/3/16Affordable Energy PAC
Nate Gentry54005/27/16Affordable Energy PAC
Peter Wirth54003/10/16Committee To Elect Senate Democrats
Brian Egolf500010/31/16Empower NM
Brian Egolf500010/31/16Escalera PAC
Brian Egolf500010/31/16Forward New Mexico
Nate Gentry1542.0611/12/16Heritage NM
Nate Gentry198.710/18/16Heritage NM
Nate Gentry54005/27/16Heritage NM
Don Tripp54006/3/16Heritage NM
Peter Wirth10008/17/16New Mexico Leaders Fund
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Nate Gentry54005/27/16New Mexico Family First
Don Tripp54006/3/16New Mexico Family First
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Don Tripp54006/3/16NM Future PAC
Peter Wirth25007/5/16NM Senate Majority Leadership Fund
Brian Egolf10009/15/15NM Senate Majority Leadership Fund
Peter Wirth25007/5/16NM Senate Victory Fund
Brian Egolf54009/8/16House Democratic Campaign Committee
Nate Gentry54007/3/16Panyard PAC
Nate Gentry54005/27/16Panyard PAC
Don Tripp54006/3/16Panyard PAC
Brian Egolf500010/31/16People for Growing Our Economy
Nate Gentry54006/21/16Progress New Mexico
Nate Gentry54005/27/16Progress New Mexico
Nate Gentry25006/29/16Republican Leadership PAC
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Stuart Ingle500010/25/16Share The Vision PAC
Peter Wirth54005/31/16True Blue PAC
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One thought on “Wirth & Egolf spread the cash around before leadership elections

  1. Isn’t the Governor up to over $4 million in legislative races? Races that use to average $25,000 in 2000 are now averaging $225,000. This is undemocratic and a travesty to our society.

    From the article: “The two Democratic PACs spent more than $790,000 compared with nearly $537,000 spent by the Don Tripp Speaker PAC and the Republican Leadership PAC operated by former House Majority Leader Nate Gentry.” Some of the posts by Republicans on Heath Haussamen’s site show they are more bothered by being outspent rather than the intrusion of money in politics. The sad thing is Joe Little Guy cannot compete since 2000. Retired teachers and state employees on their fixed income use to run and win. Now is it even possible?

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