|By Steve Terrell, The Santa Fe New Mexican|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Some blame the
"It really is like a game of Whac-a-Mole," said former state Sen.
Feldman said Citizens United and the trend of more outside campaign money coming into the state has contributed to the situation. And outside groups, she said, have changed the focus of elections to "wedge issues," like driver's licenses for illegal immigrants and abortion, instead of local issues that used to dominate.
But there's no limit in the state to how many other PACs a PAC can give to.
There has been little, if any, evident activity of such groups so far in the state, though both Stewart and Feldman expect a flood of ads and mailers from them in the weeks before the election.
Some political committees haven't even started to fight in
Two national Republican groups recently announced they will be involved in the
The main House races getting a lot of PAC action so far include those where Republicans are trying to oust Democratic incumbents:
Republican-held seats that Democrats are making strong bids to seize include
Here's a guide to the major PACs in each party, where they get their money and to which candidates they give.
Speaker Martinez's PAC also has made contributions this year to several other political organizations, including the state
The biggest donor to Martinez's PAC was Plumbers & Steamfitters Local No. 412, which gave
The DLCC New Mexico Committee, based in
Contributors that gave
All of the PACs listed below got contributions from the three PACs listed above.
New Mexico Freedom is associated with Rep.
Forward NM PAC was established by Rep.
Wolf PAC is headed by House Democratic
A Strong New Mexico is associated with
The PACs that got money from
New Mexico Forward, led by former Rep.
Republican Leadership PAC, headed by House GOP Whip Nate Gentry, R-
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