SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico candidates in open races for the U.S. House and Senate have been collecting campaign cash at a fast clip even as prominent Democratic contenders forgo contributions from corporate political committees, according to disclosures filed with the Federal Election Commission on Tuesday. Former CIA operative Valerie Plame said her campaign raised about $447,000 in contributions from July through September as she runs for a northern New Mexico congressional seat. Rival primary election candidate Teresa Leger Fernandez says her campaign raised $205,000, while former Obama administration official John Blair raised $148,000 in his fist six weeks of campaigning for the seat. Plame, Leger Fernandez and Blair are among the candidates for New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District who are forgoing corporate PAC money in their quests to replace U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján as he campaigns for Senate. Sen. Tom Udall is retiring. Campaign filings from Luján, a sixth-term congressman and No. 4 ranked House Democrat, show his campaign raised more than $1 million since July in thousands of contributions. In May, he too swore off corporate PAC money, following the example of rival Democratic Senate candidate Maggie Toulouse Oliver, who currently serves as secretary of… Read full this story
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