New Mexico candidates for Congress highlight cashflow

New Mexico

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico candidates in open races for the U.S. House and Senate are collecting campaign cash at a rapid pace even as many Democratic contenders forgo contributions from corporate political committees.

Former CIA operative Valerie Plame said Monday in a statement that her campaign raised about $447,000 in contributions from July through September as she runs for a northern New Mexico congressional seat. Rival primary election candidate Teresa Leger Fernandez says her campaign raised $205,000.

They are among candidates forgoing corporate PAC money in quests to replace U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján as he campaigns for Senate. Sen. Tom Udall is retiring

Luján says he raised more than $1 million since July. In May, he swore off corporate PAC money.

Full financial disclosures are due Tuesday at the Federal Election Commission.

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