- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 28, 2015

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A new analysis by a watchdog group shows education and labor unions were among the top spenders in New Mexico state races during the 2014 election cycle.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees spent more than $790,000, while the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers New Mexico combined to spend more than $1 million.

The figures were released Wednesday by the Center for Public Integrity. The group tabulated the spending based on disclosures made by candidates and state political parties.

The data does not count direct spending on a race - for example, money used to buy a TV ad that tells voters it was sponsored by the “Republican Governors Association.” Rather, the analysis looked at donations to candidates and groups, who then used that money for such spending.

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