Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) “reported taking in nearly $1.4 million in contributions during the reporting period” and reported “about $1.6 million in her war chest.”
“[H]er campaign said most of the contributions she has received were for $100 or less,” but she also received “big donations from Hollywood producer Jeffrey Katzenberg and New York hedge fund tycoon George Soros, a prominent backer of liberal causes. She also got contributions from union groups, pueblos, medical marijuana businesses and a host of Democratic elected officials.”
Former media executive Jeff Apodaca (D) raised $900,000, loaned his campaign another $450,000, and reported nearly $700,000 on hand, his campaign reported Tuesday. (Hotline reporting)
State Sen. Joseph Cervantes (D) “raised $155,000 from contributors while committing $400,000 of his own money in the form of a loan. Previous political funds boosted his campaign balance to nearly $750,000.”
GUN POLITICS. “Pearce … was in the top 20 of recipients of contributions from gun-rights groups in the 2016 election cycle. He received $23,219 from groups including the NRA, the Safari Club and the National Shooting Sports Foundation. … [T]hat’s just a drop in the bucket of the $1.8 million that Pearce raised for that last congressional race. Interests from the oil and gas industry gave him more than $222,000, while the livestock industry contributed more than $86,000. Pearce, first elected to Congress in 2002, has taken in $129,250 from pro-gun groups since that year.”
Lujan Grisham and Cervantes have not reported any “gun lobby contributions.” (Santa Fe New Mexican)
TEA LEAVES. “With such a strong — and different — turnout [in last weeks Albuquerque mayoral race], Richard Ellenberg, chairman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico, argued that the race showed voters do not want to wait another four years to cast a ballot at a time when frustration with political leadership is running so high. And he argued that bodes well for Democrats.”
“Two of the Democratic candidates for governor are based in Albuquerque, giving them something of a home-field advantage against … Pearce.” (Santa Fe New Mexican)
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Former Trump campaign adviser Rick Gates is expected to plead guilty to a raft of new tax and fraud charges filed against him by special counsel Robert Mueller on Thursday. Gates is expected to cooperate with Mueller's investigation.
Robert Mueller announced new charges against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort advisor Rick Gates. "The new indictment contains 32 counts, including tax charges." The pair had been indicted on 12 charges in October. Since then, Gates's attorneys have asked to be excused from the case.
The FBI has reported that it failed to respond to a warning from "a person close to" Nikolas Cruz, the teen accused of killing 17 people at Parkland High School on Thursday. "It was the second time the FBI apparently failed to follow up on Cruz." On the first occasion, it failed to properly investigate Cruz after it was reported to them that he left the following comment on a Youtube video: "Im going to be a school shooter."
Florida Governor Rick Scott called on FBI Director Christopher Wray to resign following revelations that the FBI had failed to adequately investigate multiple warnings about Parkland High School gunman Nikolas Cruz. “The FBI’s failure to take action against this killer is unacceptable,'" said Scott. '...We constantly promote ‘see something, say something,’ and a courageous person did just that to the FBI. And the FBI failed to act.'" According to an FBI statement, the FBI failed to inform local offices of information regarding "Cruz's desire to kill people, erratic behavior, disturbing social media posts, as well as the potential of him conducting a school shooting."