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Oil and gas spent thousands to influence New Mexico’s primary election

After the last ballots were cast in New Mexico’s June primary election, oil and gas companies had sent millions of dollars to influence political campaigns during New Mexico’s June primary election that selected nominees from both parties to run for governor in the November General Election.

Former meteorologist Mark Ronchetti secured the GOP nomination for the governor’s race over former State Rep. Rebecca Dow and led other candidates in contributions received from oil and gas, per a recent report from New Mexico Ethics Watch.

Ronchetti garnered about $500,000 in donations from the oil and gas industry, records show, while Dow received about $154,000.

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The New Mexico House Republican Campaign Committee took in about $216,000 from the industry, per the report, during the primary season.

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