SANTA FE – Republican Gov. Susana Martinez raised $561,586 for her re-election campaign in the past month, more than twice as much as the five Democrats seeking to challenge her in the general election, according to the latest financial reports.
Alan Webber, a wealthy Santa Fe businessman, was the leading Democratic fundraiser, with $115,683. Lawrence Rael was next, with $58,030; state Sen. Howie Morales, $22,012; Attorney General Gary King, $12,270; and state Sen. Linda Lopez, $10,236.
The winner of the June 3 Democratic primary will face Martinez in November.
After spending more than a half-million dollars in the past month, the governor’s campaign reported cash on hand of $4.2 million.
Webber had a balance of $455,887, and Rael had $209,557. King was next with $48,341, Morales was at $44,712 and Lopez had $13,957.
Monday was the deadline for campaign finance reports covering April 8 through May 5.
With Election Day drawing near, fundraising is critical as candidates scramble to air advertisements and send mailings to voters.
Webber has been the leading Democratic fundraiser in large part because he previously provided his campaign with $450,000 in personal loans and contributions.
Webber made no additional loans in the past month, but he provided in-kind contributions of $1,100.
Webber co-founded the business magazine Fast Company in the 1990s, and along with investors sold it for more than $300 million.
Among Webber’s contributors was 1988 Democratic presidential nominee Michael Dukakis, who gave $250. Webber worked as a speechwriter for Dukakis when he was governor of Massachusetts.
Contributing $5,200 to Webber were Barry Libert, a Dover, Mass., technology investor, and H. Gerald Bidwell, a retired securities industry executive from Santa Barbara, California.
Rael received $5,000 from Roswell oil producer Robert Armstrong and his wife.
Morales received $3,000 worth of in-kind donations from Roque Garcia, 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 the executive’s private airplane.
The Attorney General’s Office is investigating fraud allegations against more than a dozen mental health providers. Morales and other legislators have criticized the governor for contracting with Arizona companies to replace the New Mexico firms.
Rael had received $2,500 from Garcia, while King got $25. King campaign manager Jim Farrell said a refund would be reflected in an amended report.
Lopez received $2,400 from the Santa Fe chapter of the Communications Workers of America, a union representing some state government workers.
Among the governor’s top donors were companies involved with radioactive waste from Los Alamos National Laboratory. EnergySolutions Inc. gave $10,400, and Waste Control Specialists contributed $10,000.
Martinez’s campaign spent $552,546 in the past month, including about $312,000 to air TV ads.
Webber spent $99,811, including nearly $20,000 for production of TV ads that began airing last week.
Rael reported expenditures of $77,240, with nearly two-thirds of that for advertising. Spending by King was $53,107, $27,300 for Morales and Lopez, $15,569.