Insiders’ dashboard: financial reports of the ABQ mayor’s race
The mayoral election is less than a month away, and despite the denial of more than $ 660,000 in public funding, Bernalillo County Sheriff Manny Gonzales has reported strong private fundraising. According to the latest city website report, the Bernalillo County Sheriff has raised more than $ 330,000 as of October 11.
What is striking about the latest figures is that Gonzales has more cash on hand than incumbent Mayor Tim Keller.
Keller currently has $ 313,875 money on hand versus Gonzales’ $ 332,770. Keller is the only mayoral candidate who qualified for public funding, and for this reason, he cannot accept private donations.
Keller spent over $ 210,000 on media and advertising purchases, compared to Gonzales’ media purchases of $ 26,261.
Gonzales was disqualified from public funding after his campaign was found guilty of forging voters’ signatures in their attempt to collect enough $ 5 contributions to qualify for public funding. After a series of unsuccessful appeals, the Gonzales campaign managed to raise an impressive amount of funds in a relatively short period of time. The BCSO sheriff poses the biggest challenge to Keller’s re-election candidacy among the three candidates who will appear on the Nov. 2 ballot, based on fundraising alone. Gonzales’ run for mayor focuses on the crime of Albuquerque. According to his campaign website, Gonzales wants to end Albuquerque’s status as a sanctuary city and end DOJ oversight of ODA.
The only Republican who will appear on the ballot is local radio host Eddy Aragon, who raised $ 25,455. Aragon is the host and CEO of The Rock of Talk, a conservative radio show. Aragon, similar to Gonzales, operates on a tough platform against crime. According to his campaign website, he wants to “punish all crimes, not just crimes.” Its campaign website also specifically states, “No rehabilitation of criminals. Focus on the audience. To chase.”
Patrick Sais is another Republican and writing candidate who will not appear on the ballot but has recorded campaign contributions. According to the city’s website, Sais raised $ 35.