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Cervantes Ad Promises to “Work” for Change

An agreement between Rep. Steve Pearce and the secretary of state could change campaign finance precedent.

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Zach C. Cohen
March 6, 2018, 11:04 a.m.

State Sen. Joe Cervantes (D) is running a TV ad that uses his agricultural roots to call for job creation, education reform, and better health care. Cervantes closes by saying in Spanish and then English: “Del dicho al hecho, hay mucho trecho. (That’s easier said than done.) It’s time to get New Mexico moving in the right direction. It’s time we get to work.” (Advertising Analytics)

GAME CHANGER. Rep. Steve Pearce (R) and Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver (D) “are moving to settle a lawsuit over more than $900,000 in donations that Pearce wants to use in his campaign for governor. … Under the proposed agreement, the state would allow people holding federal office to use old donations to run for state-level office, provided that those contributions were not any bigger than what is allowed under New Mexico law. The donations would have to have been reported to the Federal Election Commission, too.”

“The agreement would be a boost for Pearce, a Republican, whose campaign initially lagged behind Democratic rivals in fundraising. It also would clear the way for members of Congress to bring money they have raised on Capitol Hill into races for state office.” (Santa Fe New Mexican)

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