SANTA FE — Gary Johnson is pumping some of his own money – $100,000 to start with – into his U.S. Senate run.
The former governor, a Republican-turned-Libertarian who jumped into the race this month to fill a vacant ballot spot, was making the contribution on Monday, his longtime communications director, Joe Hunter, told the Journal.
And Johnson is prepared to give more to his campaign in the coming weeks, he added.
“Gary feels strongly he wants to put his own money toward the effort,” Hunter said, while also citing many small outside donations Johnson has gotten since he announced his campaign.
The self-financing could help Johnson launch campaign ads and pay for other campaign operations, though he still likely has far less cash on hand than incumbent Martin Heinrich, a Democrat who reported nearly $4 million in his campaign account at the end of June.
The third candidate in the race, Republican Mick Rich of Albuquerque, was trailing far behind Heinrich in fundraising at the latest reporting deadline, with nearly $200,000
As a Libertarian, Johnson probably can’t count on deep-pocketed national groups coming to his assistance, though an independent expenditure group, or super PAC, called Elect Liberty PAC was recently created to support his campaign.