New Mexico donors hot for Sanders, Clinton; not Trump

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Donald_Trump_August_19,_2015_(cropped)New Mexicans are all in for Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton when it comes to campaign contributions.

But Donald Trump? Not so much.

Donors in the state have anted up more than $2.6 million to presidential candidates in this election cycle.

Democratic candidate Sanders tops the list, followed closely by former Clinton, the Democratic frontrunner.

But the presumptive GOP nominee, who visits New Mexico today, lags slightly behind Libertarian candidate and former Gov. Gary Johnson when it comes to New Mexico donor’s cash.

Trump will have a chance to increase his take when he holds the first fundraiser of his campaign in Albuquerque tonight, as reported by the Washington Post. About 25 donors will pay $10,000 each to attend the private event before the public rally, according to the Post.

That still wouldn’t bring Trump close to the $430,092 that Sen. Ted Cruz raised in the state. Thus far, Trump has raised a mere $14,088 here.

New Mexico In Depth examined information from the Federal Election Commission.

Here’s a look at our state’s donations to the presidential candidates:

Albuquerque’s Kevin Daniels, owner of Daniels Family Funeral Services, is hosting the Trump fundraiser. He hasn’t donated to any of the GOP presidential candidates thus far.

Daniels has donated more than $39,000 to federal campaigns since 2007, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.  All of that is to the Republican National Committee or GOP candidates and PACs, except $1,000 to former Gov. Bill Richardson’s presidential bid in 2007.

At the state level, Daniels has given $22,250 since 2012, including $10,000 to GOP political action committee Reform New Mexico Now.

Donors from Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Las Cruces gave the most to the presidential campaigns. Hobbs and Roswell, both oil and gas industry towns, were the only cities in the top 10 where donations to Republican candidates topped those to Democrats.

Here’s a look at donations from the top 10 cities:

And here’s a list of all individual donors:

2 thoughts on “New Mexico donors hot for Sanders, Clinton; not Trump

  1. I’m glad that the bulk of the cash is not going to Trump, but couldn’t our state get a lot more use out of this money than we can by giving it to political campaigns?

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