Heinrich tops NM congressional fundraising

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By Barry Massey

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic incumbent Martin Heinrich has the largest campaign warchest of candidates running for New Mexico's congressional seats, according to the latest federal campaign finance reports.

Heinrich, who represents the Albuquerque-area 1st District, had cash-on-hand of slightly more than $1 million at the end of March. His Republican challenger, Jon Barela, had a campaign balance of $392,359.

In the 2nd District of southern New Mexico, Democratic incumbent Harry Teague had campaign cash of $927,301. Republican challenger Steve Pearce, a former congressman, had $708,892. GOP candidate Cliff Pirtle said he did not plan to raise or spend more than $5,000 on his campaign, which is the threshold for filing FEC reports.

In the 3rd District of northern New Mexico, Democratic incumbent Ben Ray Lujan had cash-on-hand of $375,036. Republicans Tom Mullins of Farmington had $28,681 and Adam Kokesh of Santa Fe had $12,003.

Heinrich received contributions of $300,234 in January-March, and his campaign spent $90,123. Labor union political action committees provided about $24,000, while health care industry PACs contributed about $16,500.