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Oil interests biggest donor to candidate

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The oil and gas industry provided half of the campaign contributions to Susana Martinez

By Barry Massey

SANTA FE — The oil and natural gas industry provided half of the campaign contributions that Republican gubernatorial candidate Susana Martinez raised during the past six months.

An analysis of state campaign finance reports by The Associated Press found that Martinez collected about $215,000 from oil and gas donors from October through early April. That’s half of the $428,065 she raised during the most recent campaign finance reporting period.

Martinez, the Doña Ana County district attorney, is one of five Republicans seeking the party’s nomination for governor in the June 1 primary election.

Southeastern New Mexico oil producers accounted for most of the industry contributions to Martinez. The largest amounts came from Artesia-based Mack Energy, other companies connected to it and their officers. They collectively contributed $155,000.

“As the only Republican candidate from southern New Mexico, it’s no surprise that Susana Martinez is receiving support from a leading industry in the region,” said Adam Deguire, Martinez’s campaign manager.

He said the contributions won’t influence Martinez if she’s elected governor.


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