NRA donates to two local state legislative candidates

Latest campaign finance reports cover Oct. 2-30 period

Hannah Grover
Farmington Daily Times
Rep. Paul Bandy, R- Aztec

FARMINGTON — Campaign finance reports filed earlier this week show two local state representatives have received money from the NRA.

The campaign reporting period includes expenditures and contributions between Oct. 2 and Oct. 30. Reports were due Thursday.

NRA gives to Bandy, Clahchischilliage

The NRA Victory Fund, which is the organization’s political spending arm, has given $500 to both state Rep. Paul Bandy, R-Aztec, and Rep. Sharon Clahchischilliage, R-Kirtland, for their re-election campaigns. Bandy and Clahchischilliage are the only incumbent San Juan County state representatives with opponents in the general election.

Bandy also received $500 from the country’s largest private prison company, GEO Group.

Allison raises more than Clahchischilliage in October

While Democratic Party candidate for House District 4 Anthony Allison has trailed the incumbent Republican in fundraising, he outpaced her in the amount of money he raised in October.

While Clahchischilliage's October donations totaled $19,825, Allison received $24,939.

Rep. Sharon Clahchischilliage

Clahchischilliage’s largest donation came from Candy Spence Ezzell for State Representative District 58. The campaign gave Clahchischilliage $2,500. Spence Ezzell is a Republican who is running unopposed in the November election. The campaigns of well-funded, unopposed candidates commonly donate money to the campaigns of other candidates of the same party.

Other large donors include the Affordable Energy PAC, based out of Republican state Rep. James Strickler’s business office in Farmington, and PNM Responsible Citizens Group. The Affordable Energy PAC donated $2,475 to her campaign, while PNM Responsible Citizens Group — a group associated with the Public Service Company of New Mexico, which owns the San Juan Generating Station in Clahchischilliage's district — gave her $2,000. Her total October donations were $19,825.

Allison's largest campaign contribution came from the MOE PAC, which is run by state Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas, D-Albuquerque. The PAC donated $5,500 to Allison’s campaign. Maestas is running unopposed.

Anthony Allison

Allison also received $3,000 from the Native Americans for a Prosperous New Mexico PAC and $2,750 from the People for Growing Our Economy PAC, which shares an address with state Rep. Patricia Lundstrom, D-Gallup.

While Allison surpassed Clahchischilliage in October fundraising, he still trails Clahchischilliage in overall fundraising. Since the beginning of the campaign cycle, Allison has raised $62,911.42, while Clahchischilliage has raised $78,197.

Republican women PAC gives to judicial, legislative candidates

Both Bandy and Clahchischilliage also reported donations from the Four Corners Republican Women PAC. Bandy received $1,000 from the PAC while Clahchischilliage received $1,250. The $1,000 donation was the largest donation Bandy received in October. He raised a total of $2,850.

The Four Corners Federated Republican Women PAC also donated $1,000 to Magistrate Judge Division 2 and Division 4 candidates Rena Scott and Melvin Sam. Scott and Sam are the only magistrate judge candidates with opponents in the election. Scott, who is the incumbent Republican, is running against Stanley King, an independent candidate. Sam, who is Republican, is challenging incumbent Democratic judge Trudy Chase.

Bandy outpaces Schildmeyer in fundraising

While Bandy has raised $2,850, his opponent, Bloomfield-area activist Mary “MP” Schildmeyer, reported much smaller contributions. Her largest contribution, $200, came from the San Juan County Democratic Party, and she raised a total of $375 during the recent campaign reporting period. None of the money came from out of state donors.

Hannah Grover covers government for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652 or via email at