Wiviott leads in 3rd District campaign spending

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By The Staff

The Associated Press recently released a report on campaign spending in the Third District.

And the winner was Santa Fe developer Don Wiviott, who spent more than a  half-million dollars in three months on his quest for the 3rd District seat in Congress.

And, according to a report filed Tuesday with the Federal Election Commission, he still had more than $400,000 in the bank as of the end of March.

Wiviott is in a six-way race for the Democratic nomination for the seat being vacated by Democrat Tom Udall, who is running for the U.S. Senate. Two Republicans are running for their party’s nomination.

His main rival, Public Regulation Commissioner Ben Ray Lujan, is not suffering in poverty, mind you; he reported his campaign took in $326,990 for the quarter and spent $147,316. He had $271,920 on hand and debts of $50,000.

Democrat Benny Shendo Jr., former state secretary of Indian Affairs, raised $113,626 during the quarter, including $1,000 from his own pocket. He had $79,491 in the bank. His biggest contributions included $6,900 each from retirees William and Irene Beck of Chicago; $2,685 from Richard Williams of Broomfield, Colo., executive director of the American Indian College Fund; and $6,900 each from Jemez and Isleta pueblos.

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