- Associated Press - Thursday, November 3, 2016

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The Latest on political spending in New Mexico (all times local):

6:20 p.m.

A Republican-aligned political committee that is behind a stream of negative campaign advertising in New Mexico spent $1.1 million during the past month.

Filings on Thursday with the New Mexico Secretary of State’s Office show that Advance New Mexico Now spent the money on media buys, research polling and other expenses during a four week period ending Nov. 1. It raised $500,000 from contributors.

The super PAC is run by Jay McCleskey, a top political consultant to Republican New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez.

It has spent heavily on attack ads against Senate majority leader Michael Sanchez and is involved in at least 14 other legislative contests.

Republicans are defending a 37-33 House majority. Democrats hold a 24-18 majority in the Senate.


3:10 p.m.

Campaign finance filings show the Republican candidate for secretary of state spent more than $265,000 over the past month on political ad buys and media production.

Candidate Nora Espinoza reported the expenditures Thursday to state campaign finance regulators ahead of a late-night deadline.

The state lawmaker from Roswell is competing against Democratic Bernalillo County Clerk Maggie Toulouse-Oliver to become the state’s top elections administrator and regulator of campaign finance disclosures.

Espinoza is campaigning on concerns about voter fraud and used one recent television ad to show that an Albuquerque man was able to enter his dog on voter registration rolls. Toulouse-Oliver says she referred that case to law enforcement.

Toulouse-Oliver’s recent expenses were not immediately available.


3:50 a.m.

New Mexico voters are getting a final glimpse before election day at political spending by in-state candidates for public office and their supporters that have blanketed mailboxes, television broadcasts and social media with ads.

Candidates and political committees confronted a Thursday-night deadline to disclose contributions and expenditures for October to the New Mexico Secretary of State’s Office. Political committees in particular have unleashed a stream of negative advertising with early and absentee voting well underway in New Mexico.

The entire state Legislature is up for election as presidential candidates compete for the state’s five electoral votes.

New Mexico places a $10,800 limit on direct campaign donations, while much of the money flowing into election efforts passes without limits through so-called super PACs that are barred from coordinating directly with candidates.

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