CONGRESSIONAL RACE; DISTRICT 3 CANDIDATES ON TOP OF FUNDRAISING.Byline: STEVE TERRELL
Lujan's cash-on-hand total amounts to about $196,000; Kokesh sits
at around $31,000
By Steve Terrell
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The money competition is on in the 3rd Congressional District Noun 1. congressional district - a territorial division of a state; entitled to elect one member to the United States House of Representatives
district, territorial dominion, territory, dominion - a region marked off for administrative or other purposes race.
Democratic incumbent Ben Ray Lujan, who is serving his first term, raised more than $83,000 in the last three months, according to according to
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2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. reports filed Thursday with the Federal Election Commission.
A political newcomer, Adam Kokesh, who is running in the Republican congressional primary for the 3rd District, filed a report showing he has raised more than $104,000.
However, Kokesh's report includes numbers going back to late April. At least $10,000 of that was raised before the third quarter. Kokesh said last week that his total for the past three months is about $80,000.
Lujan has far more money in the bank than Kokesh. In the previous quarter, before Kokesh officially had declared his candidacy, Lujan raised nearly $160,000. The congressman's cash-on-hand total at the end of the quarter was more than $196,000, while Kokesh had more than $31,000.
However, Kokesh pointed out that Lujan's report showed unpaid debts of $115,000.
As a Democrat, Lujan enjoys a large advantage in party registration in the 3rd District, where Democrats enjoy a better than 2-1 edge over Republicans.
Kokesh, a former Marine and longtime anti-war activist, learned Thursday that he'll have an opponent in the GOP primary. Tom Mullins, a Farmington engineer and political newcomer, said he'll formally announce his candidacy Saturday. Because he hasn't declared his candidacy yet, Mullins did not have to file a report for the past quarter.
Lujan's contributions include $4,795 from Act Blue, an online clearing house for contributions to Democrats.
More than $27,000 came from political action committees. Among these were Leadership for New Mexico New Mexico, state in the SW United States. At its northwestern corner are the so-called Four Corners, where Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah meet at right angles; New Mexico is also bordered by Oklahoma (NE), Texas (E, S), and Mexico (S). , a Virginia-based PAC which contributed $4,000; the Ironworkers Political Action League ($5,000); the American fhand Association PAC (which has given a total of $450,000 this election cycle); the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) is a non-profit political organization whose membership consists mainly of general aviation pilots in the United States. AOPA exists to serve the interests of its members as aircraft owners and pilots, and to promote the economy, ($3,500 this cycle); the Action Committee for Rural Electrification rural electrification
Project of the U.S. government in the 1930s. As part of the New Deal, the Rural Electrification Administration (REA) was established (1935) to bring electric power to farms, thereby raising the standard of rural living and slowing the migration of farm ($3,000 this cycle); the U.S.-Cuba Democracy PAC ($3,000 this cycle); and Qwest Communications
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Nearly all of Kokesh's contributions
were $250 or less and the major contributors listed were from out of state. Kokesh has been endorsed by libertarian Republican icon Rep. Ron Paul of Texas and
enjoys support from Paul's "liberty" movement.
Most of Kokesh's supporters have come nowhere near giving the maximum contribution of $2,400, which could be good for the campaign because it can continue to hit up those donors for cash.
He had a handful of large contributors. He received $2,400 contributions from his father Charles Kokesh; Grant Winthrop, a student in Beverly Hills, Calif.; Peter Schiff, president of Europac, an investment company in Connecticut; Joseph Archibald, a manager of HSBC HSBC Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation
HSBC Humane Society of Broward County (Florida)
HSBC Humane Society of Bay County (Bay County, Michigan) Bank in Connecticut; and Lawrence Lepard, a finance manager for Equity Management Associates in Massachusetts. Rancher Susan Ruch donated $2,300.
Kokesh gave his campaign more than $5,000.
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