New Mexico Super PACs: Winners and Losers

Gov. Susana Martinez took out her major target in Tuesday’s election, Democratic Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez. But that single victory came at a cost. Republicans lost the state House after two years in control, while Democrats strengthened their margin in the state Senate. The Democrats will control the House by at least a 37-33 margin, with an outside shot at a 39-31 split. Two races are going to recounts.

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New Mexico 2016 Election: Will the state house swing?

It’s election day. Here are a few of the questions being decided that we find particularly interesting. Will Republicans be able to keep their historic wins in 2014 that gave them a State House majority and the Secretary of State’s office? While the 2016 presidential race is getting all the attention, whether or not Republicans hang on to their first majority in the New Mexico House of Representatives in 60 years tops our to-watch list. Back in 2014, a non-presidential election year, the Republicans picked up enough seats to wrangle a 37-33 majority, booting Democrats out after six decades of control.

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New Mexico Election Day: Political action committees replace political parties

Political action committees have spent plenty of money this year with the goal of getting voters to select one candidate over another. New Mexico In Depth has documented many of the campaign mailers and messages at our Follow the Message site. One trend is that the money paying for such messages has increased over the years. Another is the rise of political action committee and replacement of political parties as fundraising’s big players in New Mexico politics.  That’s especially true of super PACs, which can take unlimited donations and spend large sums without coordinating with parties or candidates.


Clinton, Trump liven up TV ad market in final week of campaign

Presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton made a splash with their TV ads in New Mexico in the final week of campaign 2016. But neither candidate broke into the top three spenders or the top five advertisers during October. Republican Trump spent $219,500 on 466 ads in the state, while Democrat Clinton spent $179,374 on 1,194 ads. (Clinton’s spending went further because she also bought ads on cable and satellite TV, which is less expensive than network TV ads.)

That’s according to an analysis of TV and cable ad contracts filed with the Federal Communications Commission. 1st Congressional District Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, a Democrat, still tops the list of spenders during October at $427,463.

Members of the media cover May 2016 Trump rally in Albuquerque.

Media bias?

In one of the most contested presidential election in recent times, the national media has been under fire too.

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New Mexico PACs bring in big bucks

New Mexico political action committees have raised nearly $15.8 million and spent more than $14 million in the two years leading up to Tuesday’s election. Those PACs have bought TV and radio ads, sent mailers, paid for robocalls and polls. New Mexico In Depth analyzed fundraising and spending for 2015 and 2016 through Nov. 1 for state-registered PACs. Excluded were the two state party committees; Act Blue, a conduit PAC for donations to candidates; and South-Central PAC, a union group that only sends money to a parent group in Washington, D.C.

Advance New Mexico Now, a super PAC operated by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez’s top advisers, is the top money raiser and spender.

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Leadership races are top draws for candidate campaign cash

Control of New Mexico’s Legislature is on the line in Tuesday’s election, and that’s evident in the fundraising and spending reports. Through Nov. 1 candidates in 17 hotly contested seats have raised nearly $6.2 million and spent nearly $4.5 million. Nowhere is the battle more pronounced than in the contests featuring Republican House Majority Leader Nate Gentry and Democratic Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez. The two  lawmakers top the list of money raised and spent over the last two years.


NMID tracks November campaign filings

Today is a filing day for New Mexico candidates, the third for the general election. It’s another important day as Republicans fight to hold their two-year majority in the House and take over the Senate, while Democrats hope to take back the House and hold the Senate. Today, we’ll track the secretary of state contest, plus key legislative races. We’ll check out the super PACs too. Below you’ll find the money coming in betweenOct.


In competitive races ads start positive, then turn negative

They start arriving in your mailbox or on the radio in a trickle, with mostly positive vibes. This candidate will help the children, that candidate will get tough on crime. But then the political messages seem to fill your mailboxes and the airwaves. And they seem to be taking a decidedly nasty turn. That’s the pattern New Mexico In Depth found in reviewing mailers and other messages  contributed by our readers, friends, sources, campaigns and the University of New Mexico library patrons as part of our Follow the Message site.


Trump and Clinton airing TV ads in New Mexico

The presidential campaign is coming to New Mexico’s TV viewers, with Republican candidate Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton both buying ads in the final week of the campaign. Here’s a list of what they’re buying on which stations based on contracts filed with the Federal Communications Commission. NMID will update the list as more stations file. KRQE: Clinton is spending $41,370 for 165 ads; Trump is spending $48,160 for 123 ads on KRQE. KASA: Clinton is spending $15,800 for 139 ads; Trump is spending $35,075 on 72 ads.