- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A national political group that’s helped Democratic candidates is preparing to launch a television advertising blitz in New Mexico’s race for attorney general.

The Committee for Justice and Fairness plans to spend about $300,000 to broadcast ads starting next week and continuing until the November general election, according to a review of political advertising records maintained by Albuquerque TV stations.

Democrat Hector Balderas and Republican Susan Riedel are running campaign ads, but they haven’t bought as much broadcast time as the political action committee.

The Committee for Justice and Fairness is a “super PAC” that’s free from campaign contribution limits because it independently advocates the election or defeat of candidates.

The Democratic Attorneys General Association has been a large contributor to the committee, providing $50,000 earlier this year and $860,000 during the 2012 elections, according to IRS records of political committees.

Ken Ortiz, a spokesman for the secretary of state’s office, said Monday the PAC is not registered as a political committee in New Mexico. That means the group isn’t required to file state campaign finance reports disclosing their spending and fundraising.

Balderas held a more than 4-to-1 campaign cash advantage over Riedel at the start of September. The Democrat reported cash-on-hand of $822,000 in his campaign account and Riedel had a balance of about $178,000.

Balderas has served as state auditor since 2007. Riedel is a former judge and prosecutor from Las Cruces.


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