SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic Sen. Tom Udall has stockpiled more than $3 million for his re-election bid, but Republican challenger Allen Weh is dipping into [auth] personal money to jumpstart his campaign for the general election.
Weh, a former state GOP chairman, has lent his campaign more than a half million dollars in the past three months, allowing him to raise more money than Udall during that time, according to a Federal Election Commission finance report and a fundraising summary released by Weh’s campaign.
Udall reported $3.4 million in his campaign account at the end of last month. Weh had a balance of $627,806.
Weh raised $905,266 from April through June, with $555,000 coming from personal loans. His campaign spent about $483,000.
Udall reported total receipts of $890,105 during the past quarter, and his campaign spent about $607,000.
Weh won the GOP nomination in a two-way race in the June primary election. Udall had no primary opponent.
Weh is a retired Marine colonel who owns a charter aircraft and leasing company in Albuquerque.
In the 2nd Congressional District, Democratic challenger Roxanne “Rocky” Lara raised more money in the past three months than Republican incumbent Steve Pearce. Pearce still maintains an overall cash advantage, however.
Pearce reported nearly $1.5 million on hand at the end of last month and Lara had $711,821, according to reports filed with the FEC.
National Democrats have targeted the congressional race in southern New Mexico in hopes of flipping the seat from GOP control.
Lara raised $375,018 from April through June, and Pearce had receipts of $289,201. Both ran unopposed in the June primary election.
Labor union political action committees contributed at least $55,500 to Lara, including $7,500 each from PACs of the International Association of Fire Fighters and the United Food and Commercial Workers.
Pearce’s top contributors included the PAC of Union Pacific Corp., which gave $7,000. The company recently opened a large railroad hub in the district near the border community of Santa Teresa.
In the Albuquerque area’s 1st Congressional District, Democratic incumbent Michelle Lujan Grisham reported a cash balance of $922,790 and Republican Michael Frese had $12,171.
Grisham raised $241,155, including about $52,000 from health care industry PACs. Frese had total receipts of $51,923, including a personal loan of $10,000. Frese, a Corrales business owner, won a two-way primary race. Grisham had no primary opposition.
In northern New Mexico’s 3rd District of, Democratic incumbent Ben Ray Lujan had nearly $581,565 on hand, and Republican Jefferson Byrd had $9,113.
Lujan raised $242,868, including $39,000 from health care and medical industry PACs. Byrd, who lost to Lujan two years ago, collected $22,032, including $2,500 from rancher Thomas Mitchell III, of Albert, and $500 from state Sen. William Sharer, of Farmington.