While New Mexico’s colleges and universities are hoping today’s special legislative session restores hundreds of million worth of funding, the Secretary of State’s office is yearning for something more modest. That’s $950,000 for a new online reporting system. New Mexico In Depth reported last week on lobbying records that revealed nearly $318,000 in advertising spending in 2016 and 2017 that was undisclosed because the reports exist only in paper form. The Secretary of State’s online system isn’t set up to receive and post the advertising-only filings online and the agency has requested the software upgrades the past two years. The upgrades would allow filers to submit such reports online, rather than on paper forms.
But for now, data downloads for lobbyists don’t include all the available information.
The developer of the controversial Santolina development in western Bernalillo County poured nearly $36,500 in June into a political action committee funded primarily by Arizonans. The PAC, now shut down, was created in part to keep vocal opponent Adrian Pedroza from winning the District 2 Bernalillo County Commission primary race.
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Here’s a look at the $273,740 spent or scheduled on more than 5,000 TV ads aimed at primary elections. New Mexico In Depth analyzed reports filed with the Federal Communications Commission and contracts obtained from Comcast Spotlight, which sells cable and satellite advertising in New Mexico.
Conservation Voters New Mexico is airing digital, cable and radio ads opposing PRC Commissioner Karen Montoya. Montoya faces Cynthia Hall in the District 1 PRC race, which is based in Albuquerque, in the June 7 primary.
Take a look at top fundraisers, top spenders and the consultants making the big bucks. Candidates for secretary of state top the list of fundraisers for the reporting period, with Republican Nora Espinoza leading Democrat Maggie Toulouse Oliver, followed by several legislative candidates.