Regional
5:40 pm
Mon April 26, 2010

Martinez Collects Big Money From Oil And Gas Industry

New Mexico – State records show the oil and natural gas industry provided half of the campaign contributions that Republican gubernatorial candidate Susana Martinez raised during the past six months.

An analysis of the latest campaign finance reports by The Associated Press found that Martinez collected about $215,000 from oil and gas donors from October through early April.

Martinez, the Dona Ana County district attorney, is one of five Republicans seeking the party's nomination for governor in the June 1 primary election.

Southeastern New Mexico oil producers accounted for most of the industry contributions to Martinez, who is from southern New Mexico.

Campaign manager Adam Deguire says the contributions will not influence Martinez's decision-making if she's elected governor.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.