New Mexico House speaker raises $171K for PAC

October 16, 2013 • State News

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Fundraising is heating up for New Mexico’s legislative races next year that will determine whether Democrats hold on to their majority in the state House of Representatives.

A political action committee affiliated with House Speaker W. Ken Martinez, a Grants Democrat, raised $171,499 during the past six months, but a PAC operated by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez collected $313,151 during the same period.

The early fundraising by the two party leaders reflects the high stakes in the outcome of races for the 70-member House, which Democrats have controlled for more than a half century. Democrats have a 37-32 advantage in the House, with one seat vacant because of the death of Rep. Stephen Easley, a Santa Fe Democrat. The governor will appoint his successor from recommendations by county commissions and there’s a good chance a Republican will end up serving the Login to read more

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