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Grisham well ahead of Arnold-Jones in money race

Janice Arnold-Jones, left, and Michelle Lujan Grisham

Janice Arnold-Jones, left, and Michelle Lujan Grisham

Republican Janice Arnold-Jones’ strongest fundraising reporting period yet was dwarfed by Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham’s fundraising in the 1st Congressional District race.

In the quarter that ended June 30, Grisham raised more than $459,000 while Arnold-Jones raised just under $113,000. Grisham ended the reporting period with more than $203,000 to Arnold-Jones’ $78,000.

In the most recent reporting period, which ran from May 17 to June 30, Grisham raised just over $353,000, which included a $60,000 loan from herself, according to her report. Arnold-Jones raised a little more than $70,000, according to her report.

Arnold-Jones has struggled to raise money, and this was her best fundraising quarter to date.


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2nd District race

Meanwhile, in Southern New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District race, Republican incumbent Steve Pearce raised more than $223,000 between May 17 and June 30, according to his report. He ended the reporting period with almost $815,000 on hand.

His Democratic challenger, Evelyn Madrid Erhard, raised a little more than $14,000 and ended the reporting period with $3,481.35, according to her report.

3rd District race

And in Northern New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District race, Democratic incumbent Ben Ray Luján raised just under $103,000 between May 17 and June 30, according to his report. He ended the reporting period with $416,000 on hand.

His Republican challenger, Jeff Byrd, raised just under $7,500 and ended the reporting period with $919.93, according to his report.

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  1. So, Ella … you’re gonna vote for Heather and Lujan-Grisham because they can raise the most money?  Interesting philosophical vote. 

  2. It’s really too bad for Janice…cuz I think “Lady Sunshine” as she was so aptly dubbed for bringing web cameras into legislative committee meetings as plenty of crossover appeal to some dems and independents.  It ain’t over til it’s over and there may still be a chance for Janice…if she mobilizes the troops and steps her ground game.

  3. My comment is a little late because I’m a behind on my reading these days.

    This really doesn’t come as a shocker to anyone does it? No matter how much we like to sit back and say money shouldn’t matter the simple fact is it DOES! Michelle has the money in her bank account. The DCCC will be coming in to help in the very influential TV market for her. Meanwhile Arnold-Jones has shown she can NOT raise the money. It is also apparent the NRCC won’t be coming to her rescue. Now her campaign will sit back and fade into a non-issue soon enough. 

    I personally as a Republican (am one of the many I know who) will cast votes for Wilson and Lujan-Grisham and do so happily!  

  4. Isn’t Big Bill’s former media flack Gilbert Gallegos one of Lujan-Grisham’s campaign honchos?

  5. WRITE FOR NEW MEXICO. Write-In Jeanne Pahls for CD-1. Send a teacher not a politician to congress.

  6. Really EW-aif?  And Ms. L-G is an independent thinker not parroting the left wing party line?  Please.

  7. Firstly, it makes no difference to me how much somebody can raise in cash.  That in itself, turns real voters off.  The elections should not be determined by what money can buy.  Now, as for Grisham, or is it Lujan, or is it Michelle, …. she refuses to give the little guys who are freelancers in Albuquerque, interviews.  Clever ploy on her part….touts being for the little guy but will not give an interview to a well known combat photographer from Albuquerque because her handlers “don’t know what the twist will be”….Grisham could raise a billion dollars…..that would make no difference to real voters at the ballot box when it comes right down to it.  Jones on the other hand is not afraid who she speaks with.  That in itself tells me who to vote for….

  8. Why would the Republicans waste their money on Arnold-Jones, when they know Grisham is more Republican than Democrat anyway.  This one is an easy one for them to concede, knowing that lobbyists and special interest money will get the conservative votes out of Grisham that they desire.  

  9. Big donors expect big favors; no favors for sale – no big donors.

  10. The poor support among Republicans for Janice Arnold-Jones just shows what rigid idealogues the Republicans are.  No independent thinking allowed, no siree.  Preferably no thinking at all, only letter-perfect parroting of the party line.

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