Democrat Alan Webber has stockpiled nearly $456,000 for his campaign for governor in the final weeks leading up to the June 3 primary election, according to the latest financial reports.
Webber, a Santa Fe businessman, received $115,683 in cash contributions and $9,080 worth of in-kind donations of goods and services during the past month.
Attorney General Gary King raised $12,270.
Sen. Howie Morales of Silver City collected $22,012 in contributions and in-kind donations of $10,358.
Webber reported a campaign cash balance of $455,887 as of last week; King had $48,340; and Morales had $44,712.
The three candidates are among five Democrats seeking the party’s nomination for governor in the primary election. The winner will run against Republican Gov. Susana Martinez in the November general election. Martinez has no primary opponent.
Monday was the deadline for candidates to file reports showing fundraising from April 8 through May 5.
With Election Day drawing near, fundraising is critical for candidates as they scramble to air advertisements and send mailings to get their message out to voters.
Webber has been the leading Democratic fundraiser so far in the primary contest, in large part because he previously provided his campaign with $450,000 in personal loans and contributions.
During the past month, Webber made no additional loans, but he provided in-kind contributions of $1,100.
Webber co-founded the business magazine Fast Company in the 1990s, and along with investors later sold it for more than $300 million.
Among Webber’s contributors was 1988 Democratic presidential nominee Michael Dukakis, who gave $250. Webber worked as an adviser and speech writer for Dukakis when he was governor of Massachusetts.
Contributing $5,200, the maximum amount under state law for a primary election, to Webber were Barry Libert, a Dover, Massachusetts, technology investor; H. Gerald Bidwell, a retired securities industry executive from Santa Barbara, California; and Steve Berkowitz of Santa Fe.
King’s top contributor was Carlsbad rancher Frank Witt, who gave $5,200. King received $25 from former University of New Mexico President F. Chris Garcia, who was charged in 2011 in an online prostitution case but was cleared when the state Supreme Court ruled last year that the website allegedly run by Garcia and another man wasn’t illegal under state law.
Morales received $3,000 worth of in-kind donations from Roque Garcia of Las Cruces, the CEO of a behavioral-health provider that had its Medicaid payments suspended by the Martinez administration last year because of allegations of fraud. The campaign said the donations were travel expenses, including use of Garcia’s private airplane.
The attorney general’s office is investigating fraud allegations against more than a dozen mental health providers. However, Morales and other legislators have criticized the governor for halting the providers’ Medicaid payments and contracting with Arizona companies to replace the New Mexico firms.
King’s campaign spent $53,107 in the past month, and Morales reported expenditures of about $27,300.
Webber spent $99,811, including nearly $20,000 for what the campaign said was production of TV ads that began airing last week. Campaign manager Neri Holguin said the costs of TV time were incurred after the campaign-finance reporting period and will be reflected in the next fundraising disclosure, which is due near the end of the month.
The latest campaign finance reports weren’t immediately available from the Secretary of State’s website for Martinez and Democrats Lawrence Rael and Linda Lopez.