Federal Election Commission reports recently hit for candidates running for U.S. House. We analyzed the donations and expenses of all three Democrat nominees. Here’s how much money they raised and spent in the second quarter.
Rep. Melanie Stansbury of New Mexico’s First Congressional District brought in a total of $136,878.94. Her donors include the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians ($2,900), the Solar Energy Industries Association PAC ($1,000), the George Soros-funded League of Conservation Voters Action Fund ($40), Ted Lieu for Congress ($1,000 – Democrat U.S. representative from California), Progressive Majority PAC ($1,000), Democrat Santa Fe-area state Sen. Liz Stefanics ($250), and Democrat Santa Fe-area state Sen. Peter Wirth ($500).
Stansbury spent $60,190.06 in the second quarter, most of her expenses being donations to other far-left Democrats’ political committees. Those included $500 donations to Tony Vargas for Congress (NE), Caraveo for Congress (CO), Scholten for Congress (MI), Susan Wild for Congress (PA), Christina Bohannan for Congress (IA), Sharice for Congress (KS), Jay Chen for Congress (CA), Rudy Salas for Congress (CA), Emilia Sykes for Congress (OH), Nevadans for Steven Horsford (NV), and Brittany Pettersen for Colorado (CO).
The far-left Democrat also gave $1,000 to Gabe Vasquez, running for New Mexico’s Second Congressional District, $1,000 to incumbent Rep. Teresa Leger Fernandez of New Mexico’s Third Congressional District, and $1,500 to state Rep. Andrea Romero of Santa Fe.
Rep. Leger Fernandez raised a grand total of $350,702.25 in the reporting period. Her donors included End Citizens United PAC ($5,000), Bringing Everyone Together Through Advocacy PAC ($3,000), AIPAC ($2,900), Santa Fe attorney and former congressional candidate Rani McGinn ($2,900), the Pueblo of Isleta ($2,800), “Game of Thrones” author George R.R. Martin ($1,500), Veronica Escobar for Congress ($1,000 – Texas), The Wilderness Society Action Fund PAC ($1,000), Jamie Raskin for Congress ($2,000 – Maryland), NRDC Action Fund Inc., PAC ($1,000), LRA PAC ($1,000), Indivisible Action ($1,000), Castro for Congress ($1,000 – Texas), Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut ($1,000), former U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman ($1,000), state Sen. Peter Wirth and his wife, Nancy ($1,000 combined), and Albuquerque late-term abortionist Curtis Boyd’s wife, Glenna Halverson-Boyd ($1,000).
Leger Fernandez’s expenses totaled $57,855.56, with payments of $3,201.83 to partisan operative Kyra Ellis-Moore, consulting fees to Elections in Motion for $9,708.75, and MRM & Co. for $3,500, among other expenses. The far-left congresswoman also spent a lot on food, with a payment of $281.00 to District Taco and $233.60 to Chopsmith, both restaurants in Washington, D.C. She is left with $1,219,829.45 cash-on-hand.
Extreme far-left candidate for New Mexico’s Second Congressional District, Gabe Vasquez, raised a total of $411,876.96 in the reporting period, with help from Democrat U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ($2,000) Ted Lieu for Congress ($4,000), House Majority PAC ($10,000), Elect More Democrats PAC ($1,000), PAC to the Future ($5,000), Veronica Escobar for Congress ($1,000), Progressive Turnout PAC ($1,000), and former U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman and Cynthia Bingaman ($1,250 combined).
Vasquez also received a $1,500 donation from disgraced state Rep. Georgene Louis (D-Albuquerque), who was arrested and charged for driving while under the influence. She was the subject of an ethics complaint for using her office for personal gain by noting how she was a legislator during the encounter with police.
Vasquez spent a massive amount on polling, with a $44,000 disbursement to the New York City-based Global Strategy Group. He also spent big on printing, with disbursements of $19,165.18 and $17,906.52 to the Arlington, Virginia-based Deliver Strategies LLC. His total expenditures for the period came to $145,278.13, leaving him with $623,230.37 cash-on-hand. Vasquez is endorsed by the abortion up-to-birth group NARAL.
Notably, the finance reports show tighter races in the Second and Third Congressional Districts due to the volume of donations and expenditures, while Stansbury looks more comfortable due to her large number of contributions to other Democrat candidates and not her own race as much. In Vasquez’s race, the establishment Democrat machine has clearly noticed the race as a pickup opportunity, and Pelosi has put her full power behind flipping the seat back to Democrat control. Incumbent U.S. Rep. Yvette Herrell, however, has strong allies who will pour much money into the state to keep her in the House.