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Tue April 17, 2012
Lopsided Fundraising In Second District Race
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican Congressman Steve Pearce holds a large fundraising advantage over his Democratic challenger in the race for New Mexico's 2nd Congressional District seat.
In his latest campaign finance disclosure filed with the Federal Election Commission, Pearce reported a cash balance of $682,200 in his re-election account at the end of March.
Democratic challenger Evelyn Madrid Erhard of Mesilla had cash-on-hand of nearly $5,600.
Pearce raised $208,900 from January through March, including $2,600 from Sunland Park racetrack and casino owner Stan Fulton. Pearce received $5,000 from a political action committee affiliated with Bass Brothers Enterprises Inc., a Texas family's investment company.
Madrid Erhard netted contributions of nearly $11,600, including $1,070 from Mesilla Park retiree Aleta Wilson and $200 from former state Rep. J. Paul Taylor of Mesilla.
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.