- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 15, 2014

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Democrat Hector Balderas has opened up a large fundraising advantage in the race for attorney general, according to the latest campaign-finance disclosures.

Balderas collected about $241,099 in cash contributions and in-kind donations of goods and services during the past six months. Republican Susan Riedel raised $34,263.

Balderas, a two-term state auditor, reported cash-on-hand of $632,031 as of last week. Riedel had a balance of $21,649 in her campaign account.

Riedel is a former prosecutor and judge from Las Cruces, and she was chief deputy district attorney in the 3rd Judicial District when Gov. Susana Martinez served as district attorney.

Monday was the deadline for political committees and candidates to file reports showing fundraising from October through early April.

There’s no incumbent in the attorney general’s race because Democrat Gary King is term-limited and running for governor.

Car dealers and others in the automotive industry contributed $46,200 to Balderas. Title loan and payday lending companies and a lending trade group contributed $11,200.

The Republican State Leadership Committee, a national GOP group, provided in-kind contributions of $8,000 to Riedel and Las Cruces retiree Robert Reich gave $10,400, which is the maximum amount allowed under state law for a primary and general election.

In the race for secretary of state, Democratic challenger Maggie Toulouse Oliver raised more money than Republican incumbent Dianna Duran.

Oliver collected $111,936 in contributions, while Duran raised $76,678. Oliver reported cash-on-hand of about $95,279, and Duran had $77,288.

A public employees union, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Workers, contributed $4,000 to Oliver, who is the Bernalillo County clerk. Other unions gave $2,250.

Duran, a former state senator from Tularosa, received $13,200 from current and former legislators..

In the race for state land commissioner, Republican Aubrey Dunn raised nearly three times more campaign money than incumbent Democrat Ray Powell.

Dunn received $64,211 in contributions, including $15,000 in personal loans. Powell raised about $21,654.

Dunn, a Roswell banker and rancher, had cash-on-hand of $48,551 and Powell’s campaign reported a balance of $44,958.

Oil and gas interests contributed $21,590 to Dunn, including $5,200 from Artesia oilman Peyton Yates. Labor unions gave $4,250 to Powell, including $1,000 from the Teamsters union.

In the state treasurer’s race, Democrat John Wertheim raised $158,301, but $125,000 came from a personal loan. Democrat Tim Eichenberg collected $102,043, with $74,046 from personal loans. Republican Rick Lopez raised $3,300.

Wertheim reported cash-on-hand of $142,225, Eichenberg had $41,803 and Lopez had $904.

In the state auditor’s race, Democrat Tim Keller raised $87,382 and Republican Robert Aragon collected $500. Keller, a state senator from Albuquerque, had cash-on-hand of $205,778, and Aragon had $137 in his campaign account.

In the race for lieutenant governor, incumbent Republican John Sanchez received $61,689 in contributions, and Democrat Debra Haaland raised $43,866, including $8,100 from Indian tribes and pueblos.

Haaland is a member of Laguna Pueblo and will be the first Native American on the gubernatorial ticket in the state. The lieutenant governor nominees become the running mate of their party’s candidate for governor in the general election.

Sanchez reported cash-on-hand of $128,175 in his re-election account, and Haaland’s campaign had a cash balance of $4,763.


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