Candidates file campaign finance reports

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By Bennett Horne

Seven of the 10 Los Alamos County candidates vying for seats the Los Alamos County Council had filed reports by Monday’s first filing deadline, according to the Secretary of State’s office. 

Those candidates were David Izraelevitz; Sara Scott; James Robinson; Randall Ryti; Brady Burke; Dawn Trujillo Voss; and Helen Milenski.

Those with no report listed as of Tuesday afternoon were Quentin Dimick, Timothy Morrison and John Bliss.

Burke’s campaign lists the most contributions of any of the candidates who had filed a report with $1,757.41 to go with $1,117.41 in expenditures. His biggest single donation was in the amount of $300 from state legislative candidate Lisa Shin.

Scott’s report listed contributions totaling $1,169.46 and expenditures of $976.97 while Ryti’s contribution amount of $1,041.16 the third-highest to go with expenditures of $698.70.

Each of the three candidates running in the state legislative race from District 43 has eclipsed the $4,000 mark in contributions, with one, Christine Chandler, having raised more than the other two combined.

Chandler, a Democrat, lists contributions of $11,113.63 and expenditures of $4,753.98. Shin, a Republican, has raised $4,862.00 while spending $1,409.79 and the campaign of Democrat Pete Sheehey has posted contributions of $4,840 and expenditures of $1,585.86.

Chandler’s contributions included one of $2,000 from her husband, George, while Sheehey’s list included two contributions of $500 from one individual and one of $1,000 from another. 

Shin’s list of contributions includes one of $1,000 from State Representative Yvette Herrell, of Alamagordo, and another of $1,000 from Roswell oilman Mark Murphy, a generous contributor to state Republican campaigns.

Stephanie Garcia Richard, a Democrat running for Commissioner of Public Lands, lists in her report contributions of $55,837.05 and expenditures of $54,468.29.

Her list of contributions is fourth among the six candidates who filed by the deadline in that race.

George Munoz is first with contributions of $259,792.72 (with expenditures of $99,634.64) and Garrett VeneKlasen is second with contributions of $236,750.01 and expenditures of $154,246.26. Munoz and VeneKlasen are also Democrats.

The first of four deadlines for primary candidates for state and county office to submit their campaign finance reports was Monday

“It is important for candidates to file complete and timely campaign finance reports so New Mexico voters know who is spending money to support candidates for public office and so they can make informed voting decisions,” New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver said Monday. “I will continue to ensure a transparent reporting process and help candidates voluntarily comply with the law.”

State law requires candidates file their First Primary Report on the second Monday in April. The report must list all contributions to the campaigns, as well as expenditures and loans accrued by the candidate’s campaign during the reporting period that runs from Oct. 3, 2017, to April 2, 2018.

Candidates are able to file their reports online through the Campaign Finance Information System, and are allowed a grace period after the deadline, but then face a fine of $50 per business day following that period until the report is received.

In order to encourage voluntary compliance with New Mexico’s reporting requirements, Secretary Toulouse Oliver’s staff hosted four webinars to help candidates and campaign committees understand the steps they need to take to successfully file their reports. In total, 375 individuals participated in the four webinars, which were held on March 30, April 4 and April 6, 2018.

Candidates must file their Second Primary Report on May 14, 2018 for the reporting period that runs from April 3, 2018 to May 7, 2018.

All reports can be accessed at cfis.state.nm.us. 

This story has been corrected to reflect the correct amount of expeditures for Randall Ryti.