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SF mayoral candidates spending down the home stretch

SANTA FE, N.M. — Campaign finance statements released Tuesday show that the five candidates to be Santa Fe’s next mayor have ramped up spending with just one week to go before the March 6 election.

Author and entrepreneur Alan Webber, who has now raised more than $285,000 for his campaign, spent $94,500 since his last report was filed on Feb. 9. His biggest expense, nearly $32,800, went to Bouchard Gold Communications, of Valdez, NM, for what’s listed as “mail fees.” He’s spent more than $73,000 with Bouchard Gold since the campaign started.

Webber also spent $28,000 with Philadelphia-based The Campaign Group, Inc. for radio buys.

More than $22,000 went to his own campaign, including nearly $9,700 to Holguin Campaigns, headed by his campaign manager Neri Holguin, and the remaining $12,680 going to three members of the campaign staff in charge of field operations, fundraising, and communications.

Webber received more than $17,000 in contributions from individuals during the reporting period and another $6,750 from businesses. The report lists Fit, Inc. a Santa Fe spa and fitness gym, and a political committee affiliated with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, each contributing the maximum amount of $2,500.

His report states that he still has nearly $44,000 in his war chest to spend in the final week of the campaign.

School board member Kate Noble still has $37,000 left to spend after spending $16,000 in recent weeks. Only three of the expenses were for more than $1,000 — an $1,809 expense to Santa Fe’s The Printers for copying and printing, $1,548 to Katrina Mendoza for video and Spanish translation, and $1,500 to her campaign manager, Alysha Shaw.

Noble raised the most of any candidate in the past 2½ weeks. The nearly $26,000 she brought in was mostly relatively small donations, but she did get $2,500 each from retirees Barrett Toan and Paula O’Brien, who share the same address, and $2,000 from Garrett Thornburg, founder of Thornburg Investment Management, Inc.

Also running for mayor are three city councilors: Peter Ives, Joseph Maestas and Ron Trujillo.

Trujillo, the only publicly financed candidate in the race, spent $19,651 in recent weeks. More than $12,000 of it went to Print Express, of Albuquerque, for direct mail services. He spent another $3,124 with Santa Fe-based Slazer Technologies for flier design, photography and a marketing package, bringing the total amount he has spent with the company to more than $12,000.

Trujillo now has $12,421 of the $60,000 he was allocated under the city’s public campaign finance program left to spend the rest of the way.

Maestas spent $13,608 since Feb. 9, $9,116 of it going to Don Mickey Designs, Inc., of Albuquerque, for direct mail services. He also paid his campaign manager Logan Davis $1,500 and spent a little more than $1,000 with Santa Fe’s Copy Power, Inc. for “walk pieces.”

Maestas raised nearly $8,000 for his campaign, the biggest contribution, $2,000, coming from Gabriel Martinez, president of GM Emulsion, LLC, of Santa Fe.

Thanks to a $10,000 loan from himself, Maestas has $10,626 left in his campaign coffer.

Ives listed $6,121 in expenses on his most recent report. More than $2,000 was spent on ads with the Santa Fe New Mexican, while another $1,335 went to Cisneros Design, Inc., of Santa Fe, for website hosting and campaign material.

He reported $2,150 in contributions this period and still has just under $9,000 left in the bank.

Three other groups filed reports Tuesday.

One that hadn’t previously submitted a report is the International Association of Firefighters, Local 2059. Its only income came from a bank transfer of $1,500 from itself. The union group, which is endorsing Trujillo, spent $400 on an ad with the New Mexican and $200 with Facebook.

People for Santa Fe, a political committee supporting Trujillo, received a $500 cash donation from the Cincinnati-based grocer Kroger. It also reported a $1,371 in-kind contribution from the American Beverage Association for “consulting and data.”

People for Santa Fe, which has received nearly all of its contributions from Coca-Cola and the ABA, hasn’t spent anything recently and still has $9,913 left to spend on the effort to get elect Trujillo, who was the only city councilor to vote against holding last year’s special election asking voters whether early childhood education programs should be supported by a tax on the distributors of sugary drinks, which was soundly defeated.

The Luciano “Lucky” Varela for New Mexico PAC, which so far has spent $400 on one newspaper ad endorsing Trujillo and three city council candidates, has been idle this month. It still has $10,599 in the bank.