NM governor candidates' campaign spending

Updated: 05/30/2014 5:13 PM | Created: 05/30/2014 4:09 PM
By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4

What's that aroma out there on the campaign trail? It could be six people who want to be governor busy burning money! Let's check what's on the griddle as we roll into the last week of politicking before next Tuesday's primary election day.

Susana Martinez has her pantry well-stocked with contributions from other people, but democrats are digging deep. Santa Fe businessman Alan Webber has loaned his campaign more than $450,000. Longtime government administrator Lawrence Rael has shoved in about $175,000 of his own dough, and state Attorney General Gary King this month has raided his own wallet to the tune of nearly $200,000. A lot of King's money went to TV ads, but now it's down to the ground game.

"We love getting out there amongst the people and having an opportunity to meet and shake hands, but it's also going to be about getting our voters to the polls," King said. "I think it's going to be a low turnout election and so all of our effort right now for these last three days is dedicated to getting voters to the polls."

In May, King raised $235,963, but $195,400 was money he loaned his campaign. Webber trails with $180,483 in May. Longtime government administrator Lawrence Rael raised $42,792 in May, while State Sen. Howie Morales of Silver City raised $25,005 and State Sen. Linda Lopez of Bernalillo County raised $11,950. Republican Gov. Susana Martinez raised $403,307 in the same period.

When it comes to cash on hand – money in the bank – Lopez has less than $20,000, Morales has a little over $25,000, and Rael has about $109,000. Webber has almost $162,000 on hand, while King has about $75,000. Gov. Martinez reports about $4,300,000 in her campaign bank account – more than ten times what all of the Democratic candidates have if you put all their money together!

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