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Candidates raise $285,000

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By Barry Massey

SANTA FE — Republican John Sanchez is bankrolling his campaign in a three-way primary election race for the GOP nomination for lieutenant governor, according to the latest fundraising reports.

Sanchez, an Albuquerque roofing company owner, lent his campaign $75,000 during the past month, bringing to $348,800 the personal money he’s put into the race for lieutenant governor. He was the GOP gubernatorial nominee in 2002, but lost to Democrat Bill Richardson in the general election.

Sanchez reported cash-on-hand of $153,732 in his campaign account as of last week. Former state Rep. Brian Moore of Clayton had $128,086 and state Sen. Kent Cravens of Albuquerque had a campaign balance of $74,586, according to fundraising disclosures filed Monday with the secretary of state’s office.

In the five-way race for the Democratic nomination, former state party chairman Brian Colón had the largest campaign reserves — $114,050. Lawrence Rael reported cash-on-hand of $68,356; state Rep. Jose Campos of Santa Rosa, $65,723; state Sen. Gerald Ortiz y Pino, $7,105; and state Sen. Linda Lopez, $2,116.

Winners of the lieutenant governor races in the June 1 primary become the running mates of their gubernatorial nominees.

Sanchez collected contributions of $1,200 in the past month besides his loan. His campaign spent $178,749, including about $155,000 on radio and television advertising.

Moore raised $13,628 and spent $11,150. His contributors included Sitaramakrishna Kothalanka, a Clayton surgeon, and his medical firm, $6,000; and the campaign committee of state Rep. Don Bratton, R-Hobbs, $2,500.

Cravens reported contributions of $76,529, including loans of $51,049 from the candidate and his printing business. His campaign spent $25,350, including $20,000 on radio ads. His contributors included Artesia oilman Peyton Yates, $2,000; and Mechanical Concepts, an Albuquerque contractor, $2,000.

Colón raised $42,035 and spent $133,873, including about $101,000 on broadcast advertising. His contributors included Val Peisen, partner in a McAllen, Texas-based beer distributorship, $5,000; the New Mexico Federation of Labor, $2,500; and $1,500 from the Fort Sill Apache Tribe, which wants to operate a casino in southern New Mexico.

Rael, retired executive director of the Mid-Region Council of Governments in Albuquerque, collected contributions of $27,150, including $1,000 each from Pojoaque and Santa Ana pueblos. Rael’s campaign spent $84,989, including $60,000 on advertising.

Campos raised $28,301, including $1,000 each from Pojoaque Pueblo, Conway Oil Co. of Clovis and the Admiral Beverage Corp., which acquired the Maloof family’s Albuquerque beer distributorship. Campos spent $56,783, including about $10,000 on campaign signs.

Ortiz y Pino, of Albuquerque, raised $16,993 and spent $14,534. His top contributor was Paul Rudd of San Francisco, owner of a computer training business, $2,000.

Lopez, of Albuquerque, received $3,626 in contributions and spent $6,876. An Albuquerque real estate developer, Mesa del Sol, contributed $500.

The latest campaign finance disclosures cover fundraising from early April through May 3.