Democrat Hector Balderas holds fundraising edge in New Mexico attorney general race



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SANTA FE, New Mexico — Democratic candidate Hector Balderas holds a more than 4-to-1 campaign cash advantage over Republican Susan Riedel in the race for attorney general.

According to the latest fundraising disclosures, Balderas had about $822,000 cash on hand at the start of the month, and Riedel reported a balance of about $178,000.

Balderas is a two-term state auditor, and Riedel is a former prosecutor and district judge from Las Cruces.

Riedel raised about $93,000 during the past two months and Balderas collected $70,000.

Riedel received $5,200 from Artesia-based oil producer Yates Petroleum and $15,400 from members of the Yates family. Riedel also loaned about $3,600 to her campaign.

Balderas collected $5,200 from a labor union representing state and local government workers and $5,000 from an electrical workers union. The Fort Sill Apache Tribe, which sued GOP Gov. Susana Martinez over her administration's refusal to recognize it as a New Mexico tribe, contributed $1,500. The tribe wants to operate a casino in southern New Mexico.

There's no incumbent in the race because Democratic Attorney General Gary King is running for governor.

Here is a summary of fundraising from late June through Sept. 1 for candidates for other statewide offices:

—Secretary of state: Democratic challenger Maggie Toulouse Oliver raised more money than incumbent Republican Dianna Duran. Oliver collected about $131,000, including $1,000 from former Gov. Bill Richardson and $5,200 from the Democratic Association of Secretaries of State. Duran raised nearly $85,000, including $2,500 from Martinez's political action committee. Oliver reported cash-on-hand of $221,000 and Duran had $164,000.

—Land commissioner: Republican challenger Aubrey Dunn raised and spent more than Democratic incumbent Ray Powell. Dunn collected $85,000, including personal loans of $50,000 and about $24,000 from individuals and companies involved in the oil and gas industry. The land office leases state land for mining, oil production and other uses. Powell raised nearly $40,000, including $2,500 from Forest City Enterprises, which helped develop the Mesa del Sol real estate project in Albuquerque that includes state trust land. Powell selected the company as the developer more than a decade ago when he previously ran the State Land Office. Dunn spent $67,000, with almost $60,000 for advertising. Powell had expenditures of $6,000. Dunn had about $150,000 cash on hand and Powell had roughly $119,000.

—Auditor: Democrat Tim Keller has a large fundraising edge over Republican Robert Aragon, an Albuquerque lawyer. Keller, a state senator from Albuquerque, reported cash-on-hand of about $253,000 and Aragon had $3,550. Keller raised about $46,000, including $6,000 from Trudy and Ed Healy of Taos. Aragon collected nearly $5,000, including $1,500 from Albuquerque contractor Michael Daniels.

—Treasurer: Democrat Tim Eichenberg reported cash-on-hand of a little more than $9,000 and Republican Rick Lopez had nearly $7,500. Eichenberg, a former state senator, raised about $16,000, including personal loans of a little more than $5,000. Lopez collected contributions of about $13,000, including $5,000 from Jamie David, a Roswell retiree.

—Lieutenant governor: Republican incumbent John Sanchez reported cash-on-hand of about $127,000 and Democrat Debra Haaland had nearly $8,300. The candidates are the running mates of their party's gubernatorial nominee. Sanchez collected $14,400 in contributions, including $5,200 from a national GOP group, the Republican State Leadership Committee. Haaland raised nearly $12,000, including $5,200 from a public employees union, and she contributed nearly $3,400 to King's gubernatorial campaign.


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