- Associated Press - Thursday, July 14, 2016

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says fundraising efforts by the Republican Governors Association are putting the GOP in a strong position ahead of 12 gubernatorial elections this fall.

Martinez is chairwoman of the political committee dedicated to helping elect Republicans to governorships. The Republican Governors Association announced Wednesday that it raised $17.3 million in the three months ending June 30.

The association says it has stockpiled $44 million in cash as of mid-year. Contributions this year include a $1 million donation from a private company controlled by billionaire conservative activists Charles and David Koch.

The group’s political expenditures in the first half of 2016 exceed $7 million.

Martinez said in a statement that the funds will help ensure key states elect Republican governors. There are currently 31 Republican governors.

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