Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Journal Poll

I feel good about the results of the Albuquerque Journal Poll today. Despite being heavily outspent by my incumbent opponent I am still leading him with just five weeks to go. I am at 43% and he is at 39%. He will most certainly start spending quite a bit of his oil and gas industry donations over the next five weeks, but so far he still hasn't been able to move. It is gratifying to see his first negative commercials had so little effect. I hope the public will understand that every bit of his media buy will be funded by those who do business with the State Land Office. Once again, that is a good reason for public financing of this race in the future.

I still need to raise money in the next couple of weeks for TV buys. You can donate at


LP said...

I think this just shows that even an ungodly amount of money and friends in he oil and gas industry can only bring you so far.

Perhaps it is showing New Mexicans realizing we don't need to turn every inch of our state into an oil field -- we might want to save some of that pristine land for our sons and daughters.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Baca:

Your incessant whining about the oil and gas industry flies right in the face of the pillars of richardson's presidential launching pad; namely the leaving-NM taxpayers-in-a-lurch spaceport and railrunner. Do you think richardson could have gotten as far with these boondoogles without precious revenues from the oil and gas industry in our state?

What say you?

Anonymous said...

When elected, one serves all of the state. Those big bad gas and oil executives are part of that whole. Bitch all you want that we need public campaign financing so that you can whine and complain about them, but try to remember that if people actually want to see you elected, you'll get money. All public campaign financing does is encourage extremist candidates to run and smear the realists in politics.

Matt Brix said...

The data about public financing systems in Maine, Arizona and North Carolina simply do not bear out the previous post's assertions about "extremist candidates." In Maine, roughly 80% of the currently serving House members were elected using public financing; the same is true for about 70% of Senate members. In Arizona, 10 of 11 statewide office holders used public financing to get elected. In North Carolina, 12 of 16 candidates for appellate court elections used public financing in 2004. Furthermore, roughly 70% of those voting in the ABQ city election in 2005 approved a system of public financing for future council and mayoral races. To suggest "all public financing does is encourage extremist candidates to run and smear the realists" is not in line with the record of public financing, nor is it in line with the public views on this issue.