Four New Mexico donors kicked in $145,500 to the committee that paid President Donald Trump’s inauguration. That’s a fraction of the $107 million the inaugural committee reported raising in a report filed last week. Select Milk Producers, an Artesia-based dairy company, kicked in $100,000. That company is likely to benefit from an executive order to promote agriculture Trump signed this week. The administration is also involved in a dispute with Canada over pricing of dairy products.
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.
Those who watch the Latino vote closely note Latinos tend to vote at significantly lower rates than non-Hispanic whites in presidential elections. They wonder if that will change this year despite the fact that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump maligns Mexican immigrants while Democrat Hillary Clinton woos Spanish-language voters.
GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump significantly stepped up his fundraising in the New Mexico in June, according to Federal Election Commission reports. But Democratic presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton still has a huge fundraising advantage in the state.
Only three New Mexicans donated the $10,000-per-person charged for a May 24 Trump Victory reception in Albuquerque. And Hillary Clinton’s joint fundraiser is outpacing Donald Trump’s joint fundraising committees in New Mexico.