ICYMI: Nora Espinoza Tops $100,00 in Fundraising
ROSWELL, NM — Republican Secretary of State candidate Nora Espinoza raised $101,234.48 through last weekend. While her opponent Maggie Toulouse Oliver reported contributions of $189,931.20, Espinoza was quick to point out that she has only been running for 8 weeks, while Oliver has been campaigning for 6 months.
“My opponent began taking contributions on October 6,” Espinoza said, “I did not even gather a single signature till January 25, and didn’t begin my campaign till February 9. That makes a big difference.”
Espinoza’s campaign pointed out that Maggie Toulouse Oliver has raised a little over $7,300 per week while Nora has raised $12,600 per week since qualifying as a candidate.
Espinoza reported raising a total of $78,274.48 on her first report, but stated:
“We got another $23,000 during the week following the cutoff for the 1st Report, and those funds can’t be reported till May. We are getting great support from individual donors.”
Toulouse Oliver currently shows $106,682.61 on hand, compared with Espinoza’s $101,537.68. Espinoza has been traveling the state raising money single-handedly. Her view is that “if we can get all Republicans, independents and moderate Democrats involved, we can win this race.”
Espinoza made history in late January by gathering 5,700 signatures in 8 days, 700 more than Oliver had gathered in 4 months. She was quick to thank Governor Martinez, the RPNM and Congressman Pearce for their help in that effort.