Oliver outraising Duran in tight race for SOS

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Oliver outraising Duran in race for SOS

With just days until the Nov. 4 statewide election, Bernaillo County Clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver leads Secretary of State Dianna Duran in campaign funds, having raised about $200,000 more than Duran since the beginning of July.

While the fundraising leading up to mid-October wasn’t close, the election between the two women is. An Albuquerque Journal poll conducted in late October showed the race tied at 42 percent, with 16 percent of those polls undecided.

Donations made to Duran total more than $267,875 as of Oct. 13. By contrast, Oliver has a sum of $476,712, according to the most recent campaign finance reports filed with the Secretary of State’s Office.

Alan Packman, Oliver’s campaign manager described their efforts as grasssroots and said the average donation for the campaign is less than $100.

Duran received donations primarily from larger donors such as oil and gas companies, committees and other corporations. Duran has 247 donors with 37 of those contributors donating $1,000 to $4,999. There were only eight donors who made a donation of $5,000, half of which were corporations or companies.

One group, the New Mexico Federation of Republican Women, gave about $1,300 to Duran’s campaign.

“First of all our policy is to support state and national Republican women candidates who are NMFRW members in good standing. We are especially proud of Secretary Duran’s outstanding record of service to the citizens of New Mexico,” Krista Edwards, the group’s president, said in an email.

Oliver has more donors, at 1,500. Thirty-four of Oliver’s donors gave $1,000 to $4,999 and 10 contributors donated at least $5,000.

“AFSCME believes very strongly in the right to vote, and since we represent people who often work long hours or who have kids, we believe in a seceretary of state who is willing to make voting easy for people who are citizens and are eligible to vote,” said Miles Conway of the American Federation of State, County, Municipal Employees.

AFSCME donated $5,2000 to Oliver’s campaign.

The donations fund different aspects of the campaign trail, including transportation, hotel, and food, along with fees for venues and employees.

“The money is spent towards getting Maggie elected, and overwhelmingly that is travelling around the state meeting people,” Packman said.[/text_output][share title=”Share this Post” facebook=”true” twitter=”true” google_plus=”true” linkedin=”true” pinterest=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row]