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Webber leading money race in Santa Fe mayoral election

SANTA FE, N.M. — Alan Webber’s campaign continues to out-raise and out-spend his competition in the race for mayor of Santa Fe, according to the second set campaign finance statements released on Friday.

He has raised, spent, and has more cash left to spend in the final weeks leading up to the March 6 election than the four other candidates combined.

During the period covering Jan. 25 to Feb. 8, Webber raised $52,776 in cash and benefitted from another $11,003 from in-kind contributions.

More than 200 individual donors contributed nearly $46,000 to his campaign. In contrast to his last report when roughly one-third of the $200,009 he raised came from out of state, just over 10 percent of the contributions ($4,695) came from outside New Mexico. The largest contribution — $2,000 — came from his daughter, who is living in California.

In a statement released to the media on Friday, Webber’s campaign manager Neri Holguin emphasized that to date about three-quarters of Webber’s campaign contributors are from New Mexico and about 70 percent of what they’ve raised so far has been spent in New Mexico.

“We think we’re going to have more supporters from Santa Fe than the other privately-financed campaigns combined, which is really gratifying,” Holguin said. “My team has worked really, really hard and we couldn’t be more pleased.”

While most of his contributors listed Santa Fe addresses, Webber raised $4,255 in one day, Feb. 1, from people with Albuquerque area addresses.

Union money came in for Webber during this reporting period. He received $2,000 from the New Mexico Building and Construction Trades Council and $1,000 each from Laborers’ International Union of North America, Sheetmetals Workers and Plumbers and Steamfitters.

The vast majority of his in-kind contributions were for food and drink.

Webber spent $63,487 in the last two weeks, including payments totalling $37,114 to Bouchard Gold Communications of Valdez, N.M., for mailing fees.

Altogether, Webber has raised $261,785 so far and spent $145,134, leaving him with $116,651 cash on hand.

Kate Noble has raised more than $77,000 so far, including $17,364 cash this reporting period from 101 individuals and two businesses. She also picked up $2,081 worth of in-kind contributions.

Noble spent $17,667 the last two weeks, most of it to pay for such things as consulting, outreach, and paying campaign workers.

She has spent more than $54,000 to date and still has $23,279 in her war chest.

Joseph Maestas raised $2,950 this reporting period, more than one-third of it coming from a $1,000 donation from Jennifer Johnson, a marketing consultant. He spent $2,576 in the last two weeks, $1,500 of it going to his campaign manager, Logan Davis.

Altogether, Maestas has raised $30,855 and spent $24,571, leaving him with $6,284 in the bank.

Peter Ives raised $1,161 this reporting period, bringing his grand total to just more than $18,000. He didn’t spend any money on his campaign the last two weeks, according to his report, and still has $12,918 to work with.

As a publicly financed candidate — the only one in the mayoral race — Ron Trujillo isn’t allowed to raise any more than the $60,000 he’s allocated through the city’s public financing program. He’s spent nearly half of it so far, including $10,689 during the last fortnight. His biggest expenses this reporting period were a $4,874 payment to Santa Fe’s Slazer Technologies for digital marketing, and $2,222 to My Campaign Store of Louisville, Ky. for campaign signs. He still has $32,073 left to spend.

However, Trujillo is getting help from two political committees.

People for Santa Fe received a $2,000 contribution from the New Mexico Beverage Association, adding to the $10,000 it had already received from Coca-Cola of North America and the local Coca-Cola bottling company. Minus a $2,688 expenditure for polling services spent last month, it has $9,413 in the bank.

A political committee called Luciano “Lucky” Verela for New Mexico spent just over $400 on a newspaper advertisement and reports having $10,599 cash on hand.