UPDATED: Gov, Legislative Leadership Report on PAC Money

Albuquerque Journal (subscription) - The latest campaign finance reports show that Republican Gov. Susana Martinez’s political action committee has contributed $19,000 to candidates for the Legislature and other offices in the past three weeks. Susana PAC gave $14,000 to six candidates for the House and Senate. That included $2,500 to Albuquerque lawyer Chris Saucedo, who is running against another Republican for the party’s nomination in House District 15. The governor’s PAC contributed $5,000 to Dona Ana County District Attorney Amy Orlando, who faces in a Democratic challenger in the general election. Martinez vacated the district attorney’s position in becoming governor. According to a campaign report filed Thursday, the governor’s PAC had a cash balance of $171,000 earlier this week. The committee raised about $3,200 and spent nearly $106,000 in the past three weeks. 
The latest state campaign finance reports show that New Mexico’s Democratic and Republican legislative leaders have more than $200,000 stockpiled in their political action committees that could be used in this year’s legislative elections. Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez, a Belen Democrat, reports a cash balance of nearly $54,000 in his PAC. A leadership PAC affiliated with Republican Senate Leader Stuart Ingle of Portales had cash-on-hand of nearly $67,000. House Majority Leader Ken Martinez, a Grants Democrat, had a balance of nearly $37,000 in a PAC he runs and House GOP Leader Tom Taylor’s PAC reported cash-on-hand of almost $47,000. Political committees and legislative candidates faced a Thursday deadline for filing campaign finance disclosures in advance of next week’s primary election. Read More News New Mexico



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