Martinez ahead of other candidates in campaign donations

Created: 05/13/2014 5:28 PM
By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4

With just here weeks left to go before the primary election, Gov. Susana Martinez raised more than half a million dollars in April for her campaign – more than twice as much as all five of her Democratic opponents put together.

And she’s spent it too. Reports filed with the Secretary of State’s Office show Martinez raising almost $562,000 and spending more than $552,000, mostly on TV ads. The Republican governor still has about $4.2 million in the bank for her re-election campaign.

Santa Fe businessman Alan Webber leads the Democrats, raising almost $116,000 in the past month and spending almost $100,000, giving him a balance of almost $456,000. Former Albuquerque city administrator Lawrence Rael reports raising about $58,000 in April, while spending $77,000. He has about $210,000 in the bank.

State Sen. Howie Morales of Silver City hauled in a little over $22,000 and spent more than $27,000, with almost $45,000 in his account. Attorney General Gary King racked up about $12,000, while spending $53,000, with $48,000 left in the bank. State Sen. Linda Lopez raised the least in April – a little over $10,000. She spent about $15,000 and still has $14,000 in her account – about 1/300th of the amount Gov. Martinez has.

Martinez received donations of $10,400 apiece from two companies that haul nuclear waste out of Los Alamos national Laboratory.  The Koch brothers, famous Republican fundraisers, gave Martinez $500 in April, on top of $4,694 contributed earlier.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis, the 1988 Democratic presidential candidate, gave Webber $250.

Retired UNM Professor F. Chris Garcia gave contributions to both Rael and King and both candidates are refunding the money. Garcia was charged with operating an internet prostitution ring, but the state Supreme Coourt threw the charges out last year, ruling that Garcia’s website did not violate state law.

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