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The list of “honored guests” for the May 21 event in the Chevy Chase, Md., home of a lobbyist includes several potential 2016 GOP presidential candidates, including U.S. Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Marco Rubio of Florida, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who is vice chairman the Republican Governors Committee. Associated Press file photos

A galaxy of Republican Party stars is expected to be on hand for a lavish fundraiser in the Washington, D.C., area this month for New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez’s re-election campaign.

The list of “honored guests” for the May 21 event in the Chevy Chase, Md., home of a lobbyist includes several potential 2016 GOP presidential candidates, including U.S. Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Marco Rubio of Florida, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who is vice chairman the Republican Governors Committee.

Other listed guests include Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus and GOP Congressional leaders, including House Speaker John Boehner, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and several other senators, including Rob Portman of Ohio, John McCain of Arizona and Orrin Hatch of Utah.

The reception will be held at the home of Susan Neely, president and CEO of the American Beverage Association, which represents the soft drink industry. The host committee includes Fred Malek, who worked in the administrations of presidents Richard Nixon and George H.W. Bush and has held top positions in various GOP presidential campaigns. He currently is involved in the Republican Governors Association.

Also on the host committee is former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge. The former Pennsylvania governor earlier this year said Martinez should consider running for president after winning a second term as governor of New Mexico. Martinez repeatedly has said she is not interested in being on the national Republican ticket.

The minimum contribution to attend the event is $500.

The invitation to the event first was posted online Monday by Mother Jones magazine, a progressive publication that last month published a scathing profile of Martinez.

The event is similar to a June 2013 gala in Washington, D.C., that included many of the same guests and raised $220,000 for the Martinez re-election campaign, according to The Hill, a Washington publication that covers Congress. While her campaign paid for Martinez’s travel expenses, New Mexico taxpayers paid $6,460 for transportation, lodging and food for her state police security detail, according to state records, plus $948 for transportation for members of the governor’s staff.

Besides his involvement in the Chevy Chase reception, Rubio on Monday lent his name to the Martinez fundraising effort in an email sent to potential donors. After praising Martinez for “diversifying New Mexico’s economy, removing job-killing regulations to make businesses more competitive [and] cutting taxes,” Rubio said, “Susana is facing a fundraising deadline and your contribution will help her catch up to her opponents, who have contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars of their own money into their campaigns.”

But according to the latest round of New Mexico campaign finance reports last month, it’s not Martinez who needs to “catch up.” Those reports showed that Martinez reported $4.2 million in the bank last last month, nearly 10 times the amount of her closest Democratic opponent, Alan Webber.

Contact Steve Terrell at sterrell@sfnewmexican.com. Read his political blog at roundhouseroundup.com.

The text has been amended to reflect the following correction:

Correction: May 6, 2014

A previous version misstated Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s position with the Republican Governor’s Association. Jindal is vice chairman of the group.

(7) comments

Diane Gonzales

Listen, fellow New Mexicans, and you will hear the chains being locked around our state by the likes of Boehner, Ryan, Koch, etc. They are not just throwing their support behind Martinez, rather working to ensure that our blue state becomes a red state in order to push through their extreme right wing agenda. The fact that Martinez is opening the door to them should come as no surprise. It is painfully evident that she hasn't any strong feelings towards NM or its citizens. Instead she is happy to sell us out to the highest bidder while promoting herself on the national stage. It is imperative that we become a determined people to make sure that we keep these "sin vergüenzas" from changing the landscape of our state.

Steve Salazar

The Governor probably doesn't need the money, unless she can use it for her Presidential run, because the DNC is not going to sink money into the campaign that they feel is already lost

Dominic Montoya

Governor Martinez has $4.2 million on hand according to the most recent campaign finance reports. The next highest is Alan Webber with $440K. She needs to catch up? Really? In my book, that is as close to a lie as you will ever see. I guess we should give Governor Martinez some credit though. She knows that her followers are gullible enough to believe what she says instead of looking at the facts.

Mel Hayes

What a pathetic, disgusting group of people!

Thomas Carlson

Meanwhile in the real world, according to today's report, climate change is bearing down on us like a freight train.

You are known by the climate-change denialist company you keep.

Steve Salazar

Get the Chinese to quit burning all that coal.

Linda Worley

You are known by the company you keep.

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