- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 16, 2014

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Republican Gov. Susana Martinez’s political action committee has raised about $210,800 in the past six months.

According to the latest campaign finance disclosure, Susana PAC had cash-on-hand of about $68,000 as of last week.

The oil and gas industry was a leading contributor to the PAC, providing $85,800. That included $10,000 each from five companies based in Artesia.

Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, who owns a house in Taos, contributed $10,400.

Martinez uses the committee to help influence state and local races, including for the Legislature. The PAC contributed $500 each to two House Republican incumbents. The PAC is separate from the governor’s re-election campaign.

House Speaker Ken Martinez’s PAC raised about $68,700, and had cash-on-hand of $114,000. The Democratic legislative leader donated $500 each to three House Democratic incumbents.

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