- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 14, 2014

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Republican Gov. Susana Martinez spent nine times more than Democratic challenger Gary King during the past month as she flooded the airwaves with hard-hitting television campaign ads, according to fundraising reports filed Tuesday.

Martinez retains a hefty advantage in campaign cash over King with Election Day looming only a few weeks away.

The incumbent reported cash-on-hand of $2.7 million as of last week, while King had $123,651.

Martinez spent $1.9 million from Sept. 2 through Oct. 6, including $1.2 million on TV and radio advertising, $221,000 on targeted mailings to voters and $87,000 on polling.

In contrast, King spent nearly $205,849 but nothing on TV ads in the past month. He launched a new ad late last week after the reporting period covered by the latest campaign-finance disclosures submitted to the secretary of state’s office.

King’s expenditures included about $7,500 for campaign canvassers and $35,600 in refunds of contributions from companies affiliated with a wealthy financier who’s a convicted sex offender in Florida. King announced plans last month to refund the contributions.

Martinez raised $763,591, including $41,600 from companies affiliated with Artesia oil producer Mack Chase and his family. Including those donations, oil-industry interests gave at least $88,000 to the governor’s re-election.

King collected $171,770 in contributions, including a $1,000 personal loan. King has loaned more than $500,000 to his primary and general election campaigns.

Labor unions contributed $21,950 to King, including $5,200 from the National Education Association. King has been sharply critical of Martinez’s educational policies, including a teacher-evaluation system that relies heavily on student performance on standards-based tests.

Other donors to King included former Gov. Bill Richardson ($5,000) and the Fort Sill Apache Tribe, which won a court fight against the Martinez administration to gain recognition as a New Mexico Indian tribe.

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