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Democratic AG candidate leads race for money

SANTA FE – Democrat Hector Balderas holds a big edge in campaign cash in the race for attorney general, according to the latest fundraising disclosures.

Susan Riedel

RIEDEL: Republican is former DA, judge

Hector Balderas

BALDERAS: State auditor is running for AG

Balderas, a two-term state auditor, reported a balance of $787,046 in his campaign account as of last week. Republican Susan Riedel, a former prosecutor, had cash on hand of $94,382.

Balderas collected $131,329 in contributions in the past month compared with $59,266 by Riedel.

Candidates and political committees filed campaign finance reports Thursday showing their fundraising from May 28 through June 28.

Balderas and Riedel ran unopposed in the June 3 primary election.

Riedel was chief deputy district attorney when Gov. Susana Martinez served as district attorney in Doña Ana County. She later became a district judge but lost her election bid in 2012.

Top contributors to Balderas included a political committee of the New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association and Ruidoso Horse Sales Inc.

Both gave $10,400 – the maximum under state law for the primary and general elections. Contributing $10,000 was Albuquerque developer Paul Blanchard, a part owner of the Downs at Albuquerque racetrack and casino.

Riedel received $5,200 from Martinez’s political action committee, Susana PAC, Roswell auto dealer Thomas Krumland and Strategic Property Group, a Hobbs real estate company affiliated with former GOP state party chairman Monty Newman. Riedel also loaned her campaign $1,956.

Riedel spent $23,393 compared with $2,441 by Balderas.

Following are fundraising summaries for other offices:

  • Secretary of State: Incumbent Republican Dianna Duran reported a campaign balance of $111,060. Democratic challenger Maggie Toulouse Oliver had $123,878. Duran raised $15,150, and Toulouse Oliver collected $31,541. Duran received $2,700 from the governor’s PAC and $10,200 from two oil companies owned by members of the Yates family in southeastern New Mexico. Oliver received $5,200 from labor unions. Duran spent $10,151, while Oliver’s expenditures were $14,532.
  • Lieutenant governor: Republican incumbent John Sanchez had cash on hand of $126,248. Democrat Debra Haaland had $4,719. Sanchez raised $2,570 and spent $7,426. Haaland collected $11,218 and spent $14,158. Occidental Petroleum contributed $1,000 to Sanchez. Haaland received $1,480 from Albuquerque retiree James Collie. The candidates are the running mates of their party’s gubernatorial nominees.
  • Land commissioner: Republican Aubrey Dunn had a balance of $132,277. Incumbent Democrat Ray Powell had $86,030. Dunn raised $18,375, including $2,575 from the governor’s PAC. Powell collected $34,998, including $5,000 from International Potash Corp., which leases state land for potash mining. Powell spent $2,089; Dunn, $20,901.
  • State treasurer: Democrat Tim Eichenberg had cash on hand of $12,108. Republican Rick Lopez had $2,553. Eichenberg raised $20,574, including $18,244 in personal loans. Lopez, who was unopposed in the primary, collected $1,389 in contributions. Eichenberg spent nearly $200,000 in winning a hotly contested primary race, and the largest share of his financing came from personal money.
  • State auditor: Democrat Tim Keller had cash on hand of $232,650. Republican Robert Aragon had $5,187. Keller raised $31,319, including $1,000 from the Isleta Pueblo. He spent $12,491. Aragon received $5,000 in contributions, all of it from Albuquerque business owners James and Antoinette Greenlee. He reported no expenditures.