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Judge: Pearce Can Transfer Federal Funds to Campaign

The ruling doubles the Republican’s cash-on-hand.

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Zach C. Cohen
Nov. 29, 2017, 11:01 a.m.

Rep. Steve Pearce (R) “won a federal court order allowing him to transfer about $942,000 in his federal election account over to his 2018 state gubernatorial campaign. … U.S. District Judge Judith Herrera ruled that Pearce has constitutional rights to use the funds as ‘campaign speech’ to boost his bid for the GOP nomination.”

“The ruling could set a precedent in New Mexico election law while also reshaping next year’s race, as it would effectively double the amount Pearce—the lone GOP candidate—has in his campaign war chest.”

“The Pearce campaign currently has just two full-time staffers working in New Mexico: finance director Andrea Todd-Goff and campaign manager Paul Smith, according to court filings.” (Albuquerque Journal)

“Secretary of State’s Office spokesman Joey Keefe said the agency was reviewing the court order and considering next steps. The agency maintains that current state law has no provisions for transferring funds greater than $5,500 from federal to state campaign accounts.” (AP)

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