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Lujan Grisham Outpaces Democratic Field in Fundraising

Jeff Apodaca and Joe Cervantes each loaned their campaign six figures.

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Oct. 10, 2017, 11:23 a.m.

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.”

Rep. Steve Pearce (R) received “matching $5,500 contributions from former U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and his wife.” (Albuquerque Journal)

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.”

Alcohol-addiction prevention advocate Peter DeBenedittis (D) raised $2,300. (AP)

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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