With just days remaining before the 2014 primary elections, five Democratic candidates for governor produced few surprises in campaign finance reports filed with secretary of state Thursday.
Front-runner Gary King once again loaned a large sum of money—nearly $195,400—to his campaign for governor. King similarly loaned himself around $100,000 during the first campaign finance report. The strategy seems to be bearing some fruit, as the current state Attorney General was able to run a TV ad last week to build on his heavy name recognition.
King's fundraising isn't as hot. This period, he reported raising $40,563, spent $207,785.18 and reported $75,518.47 left in the bank.
But Alan Webber, the Santa Fe businessman who's made a name for himself in terms of fundraising and injecting his own fortunes into his campaign this election, again led the pack in raising money this cycle. Webber racked up $180,483.60, which included donations from out-of-towners like GOOD magazine founder Benjamin Goldhirsh as well as prominent locals like former state Economic Development Secretary Fred Mandragon and Drug Policy Alliance Executive Director Emily Kaltenbach.
Webber has $255,886.75 left in the bank to reach voters before Tuesday's final balloting.
Although Lawrence Rael raised just $42,792, he began the period with $209,557.37 and ended it with $109,486.79 on hand. His donors included former Gov. Bill Richardson officials like chief of staff James Jimenez and former Department of Health Secretary Alfredo Vigil. Former University of New Mexico President F Chris Garcia also shelled out cash for Rael.
In his run for governor, state Sen. Howie Morales continued to struggle with translating the success of his on-the-ground organization into money. Morales raised $25,134.86 this go-round. His latest finance report also shows continued support from the education community. While the political action committee of the American Federation of Teachers gave Morales $5,200, he also netted donations from Santa Fe Public Schools board member Glenn Wikle and Albuquerque Public Schools board member Kathy Korte.
Morales reported $25,134.86 on hand.
State Sen. Linda Lopez again raised the least amount of the candidates running for governor, taking in just $11,950. Lopez spent $6,149.43 and reported $19,757.25 on hand.
Of course, all of these numbers paled in comparison to incumbent Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, who raised a whopping $403,307.07 this period and spent $325,536.13. She reported $4.2 million in the bank.
Registered Democrats and Repubicans may cast their respective primary ballots during early voting today from noon-8pm and Saturday from 10 am-6 pm at the Santa Fe County Fair Building, 3229 Rodeo Road; Eldorado Senior Center, 16 Avenida Torreon; Edgewood's Old Fire Station, 25 East Frontage Road; Santa Fe County Pojoaque Satellite Office, 5 W.Gutierrez Ste. 9, Pojoaque Pueblo Plaza. On Tuesday, polling places statewide are open from 7 am-7 pm.