Campaign money and real estate money feed municipal council runoff
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The real estate industry and Democratic politicians are investing money in the second round of the Albuquerque city council election, helping the four remaining candidates raise nearly $ 180,000 combined in one month.
As the final week of the campaign approaches, District 7 hopefuls Tammy Fiebelkorn, a Democrat, and Lori Robertson, a Republican, are at financial stalemate. Each raised about $ 44,000 in total during the runoff cycle and has a current balance of nearly $ 33,000, according to financial reports filed with the city.
In the second round of District 9, Democrat Rob Grilley has a financial advantage over his Republican opponent Renee Grout. Grilley, who outperformed Grout by about 14%, still has nearly $ 33,000 on hand compared to $ 25,265, according to records.
The second round of elections next Tuesday will settle the council’s last two contests and, although the races are technically non-partisan, will determine the political balance of the nine members of the city’s legislature. The winners will join four Democrats and three Republicans.
Robertson, a real estate agent, has amassed cash in the real estate and construction industries. Its major donors – each giving $ 1,499 – include Clay Azar of Metro Commercial Realty, Deborah Harms of Sun Vista Commercial Real Estate, Dale Armstrong of TLC Plumbing and the commercial real estate development association, NAIOP New Mexico. It has also received significant contributions from the oil industry, including $ 1,400 from Harvey Yates and $ 1,400 from JalapeÃ±o Corp.
Grout has received support from similar donors, including $ 1,499 each from NAIOP and Armstrong, and $ 1,400 from JalapeÃ±o Corp. She also brought in $ 1,499 each from The Auto Clinic (her family’s auto repair shop), James Grout and Jeree Hindi Tomasi.
Fiebelkorn and Grilley, meanwhile, cashed in money from the campaigns of other Democratic officials. Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s campaign donated $ 1,499 each to Fiebelkorn and Grilley. The campaign of President of the Senate of New Mexico, Pro Tem Mimi Stewart, gave everyone $ 1,000, as did the campaign of House Majority Leader Javier MartÃnez, D-Albuquerque.
Jim Collie, a former Democratic member of the Bernalillo County Commission, also donated $ 1,000 each. Other donors who gave to the two Democratic Council candidates included businessmen Paul Blanchard, Steven Chavez and Charles Fresquez, who each contributed $ 1,499 to Fiebelkorn and Grilley.
Grilley also received $ 1,499 from the Albuquerque Area Fire Union.
There are also several political action committees for fundraising and spending in the second round of municipal elections, according to the reports:
– Healthy Economies Lead To Progress – fueled by real estate money – strives to elect Robertson and Grout. He raised $ 42,200 in the second round and still has $ 60,212 on hand due to the postponement of the regular election.
– ABQ Workers First, a union backed PAC that backs Fiebelkorn and Grilley, raised $ 62,500 during the runoff cycle and still has $ 10,034 available.
–The New Mexico Democratic Party PAC, which also supports Fiebelkorn and Grilley, has raised $ 25,360 and has a current balance of $ 10,137.