Alan Webber, a retired magazine publisher who lives in Santa Fe, reported putting together more campaign cash than any of his four Democratic rivals in the gubernatorial race — although more than half of Webber’s total includes contributions and loans from himself and his wife.
Meanwhile, financial disclosures filed Monday show incumbent Republican Gov. Susana Martinez out-raised all other candidates, adding more than another $1.3 million to her campaign war chest. Martinez, who has no opposition in the June primary election, reported that she had more than $4.2 million in the bank as of April 7.
The campaign finance reports filed Monday with the Secretary of State’s Office are the first since October and the first ever for candidates Webber, longtime government administrator Lawrence Rael and state Sen. Howie Morales, all of whom announced their candidacies last fall.
Totals listed for Webber on the secretary of state’s website show the Democrat, who is making his first run for elected office, recorded more than $834,000 in campaign funds since October. Rael said he raised $322,963, and Attorney General Gary King reported $229,479 (more than $100,000 of which was from personal loans). Meanwhile, Morales is shown with $172,916, and state Sen. Linda Lopez had $28,570. Both King and Lopez have been in the race for governor for more than a year.
Morales’ campaign manager, Jon Lipshutz, said Monday that Morales’ actual total is $196,025. He said the Secretary of State’s Office was “not able to process a few of our records. We will have to file an official [amended report].”
As for candidates’ cash on hand as of April 7, Webber had $439,914, Rael had $228,767, King had $89,177, Morales had $46,624 and Lopez had $19,289.
While coasting toward the primary unopposed, Martinez has outspent all of the Democrats. Her campaign reported it has paid out $453,037 since Oct. 7. Last week, she became the only candidate to start television advertising, airing spots in both English and Spanish. Her campaign reported media buys totaling more than $41,000. There also was a $49,000 expense reported for a film shoot and media production.
Among the Democrats, Webber reported spending $371,698, King spent $282,742, Morales spent $126,291, Rael spent $94,196 and Lopez spent $25,973.
Martinez’s campaign said 88 percent of the contributions in her report came from New Mexico contributors. However, nearly all of the incumbent governor’s biggest contributors are from out of state.
She listed 10 contributors who gave $10,400 each, which is the maximum allowed under state law. The most famous of these is Dallas oilman T. Boone Pickens. Another Texas oil family also was generous to Martinez. Both Sid Bass and Lee Bass gave her the maximum, while their brother Edward Bass of Fort Worth donated $10,000.
Others who gave Martinez $10,400 each include J. Larry Nichols of Oklahoma City, a co-founder of Devon Energy, now retired; Margaret Crow of Dallas, whose husband started the Trammell Crow real estate development company and who died last week at the age of 94; Dennis Brady, a Miami Beach consultant; Manhattan Construction Co. of Tulsa, Okla.; Ryan LLC, a Dallas-based tax company; the Farmers [insurance] Employee and Agent Political Action Committee in Las Cruces; and Deb Chase of Artesia, who is listed as a homemaker.
Holly Frost, the chief executive officer of Texas Memory Systems in Houston, gave Martinez $10,000.
Webber and his wife, Frances Diemoz, provided his campaign with $450,057, which includes a $150,000 loan. Webber also reported nearly $7,000 in in-kind (non-cash) contributions.
Last October, when he announced his candidacy, Webber told reporters he would not self-finance his campaign, saying, “I don’t think it’s good for democracy.”
Asked about that Monday, Neri Holguin, a campaign consultant for Webber, said in a statement, “Half raised and half contributing is hardly self-financing. Alan is committed to New Mexico and has always said he would ‘put his own skin in the game’ and he has done just that.”
She referred to an early statement by Webber that said, “I think people should not buy their way into public office. I’m going to put some of my own money in the game.”
Besides himself, Webber’s biggest contributors include Mort Zuckerman, who gave $5,200. Zuckerman once published Fast Company, the magazine Webber started. Another $5,200 donor was Fred Drasner of Miami, the former co-owner, along with Zuckerman, of the New York Daily News.
Webber listed a total of 20 $5,200 donors, six of them from New Mexico.
Rael’s biggest contributors, who each gave $5,200, are Hedi Eleftheriou, a Corrales business owner; Deborah Potter of Santa Fe; and Walter Grodahl, a Portland, Ore., developer. Santa Fe lawyer Stephen Durkovich and his wife, Karen Durkovich, each contributed $5,000 to Rael.
King’s biggest contributions came from a retired couple in Albuquerque, Joseph and Diane Janni, each of whom gave the maximum of $10,400. His $5,200 contributors include the Teamsters Union; the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union; DB Enterprises, a Carlsbad agriculture business; and The New Beginnings, an Albuquerque retirement service.
Morales’ largest contributors include Gilbert Arizaga, a Silver City dermatologist; and James Collie, an Albuquerque minister, each of whom gave $5,200. But his most controversial contributor is likely Scott Chandler of Hillsboro. His Tierra Blanca Ranch, which takes in troubled teenagers, is the subject of three lawsuits alleging child abuse and even torture. Martinez has blasted Morales for having a fundraiser with Chandler, who contributed $1,200.
Morales loaned his campaign $25,000.
Lopez’s largest contributors are Taos ranchers Edmund and Trudy Healy, each of whom gave $2,000; and the Pueblo of Pojoaque, which contributed $2,500.
In the Secretary of State’s race, Democratic challenger Maggie Oliver widened her fundraising lead over Republican incumbent Diana Duran.
Oliver raised $109,354 since October and reported $95,279 cash on hand. Her biggest contributions came from Emily’s List, a national PAC for female Democrats, which gave $5,200, and the American Federation of State County & Municipal Employees, which gave her $4,000.
Oliver has spent more than $59,000 since October.
Duran said she raised $78,618 and spent just over $2,700, leaving $83,427 in the bank.
Most of Duran’s biggest contributors weren’t identified. There was an unnamed political action committee from Artesia, which gave $7,500; entities identified only as “Roofing Industry” and “Automobile Industry,” each of which contributed $5,000; and former Sen. Don Kidd, a Carlsbad banker, who gave $5,000. The governor’s political committee, Susana PAC gave an in-kind contribution of $2,500.