New Mexicans for Freedom

Summary

New Mexicans for Freedom is a political action committee that backed a robo-call calling a candidate for land commissioner a communist. New Mexicans for Freedom has received funding from oil and gas companies.

Notable Activities & Statements on Public Lands Policy

New Mexicans for Freedom PAC Called a Land Commissioner Candidate a Communist.

New Mexicans for Freedom PAC Was Behind Robo-Calls that Called Land Commissioner Candidate Garrett VeneKlasen a Communist. The New Mexicans for Freedom PAC recently “unleashed robo-calls describing [land commissioner candidate Garrett] VeneKlasen as a communist. [Andrew Oxford, “VeneKlasen offers hands-on experience,” Santa Fe New Mexican, 05/22/18]

 

  • NMFP’s Robo-Calls Quoted VeneKlasen Out of Context. The “robocalls attacking VeneKlasen” used “a rough audio clip of the candidate. ‘So, yes, I was a Republican, and the Republican Party branded me as a watermelon,’ VeneKlasen is heard saying. ‘Because I was a green environmentalist on the outside and a communist on the inside.’ The audio is real. VeneKlasen’s campaign says it was an instance of the candidate characterizing how some conservatives view him.” [Andrew Oxford, “GOP-tied PACs back Democrat for state land commissioner,”  Santa Fe New Mexican, 05/31/18]

 

New Mexicans for Freedom PAC Receives Money from the Oil and Gas Industry

New Mexicans for Freedom PAC raised money from the Oil and Gas Industry. “The group appears to have raised most of its money from Republican politicians and farmers, as well as from the oil and gas industry.” [Andrew Oxford, “GOP-tied PACs back Democrat for state land commissioner,”  Santa Fe New Mexican, 05/31/18]

Donors to New Mexicans for Freedom PAC Include the Heyco Energy Group, an Oil and Gas Company. HEYCO Energy Group contributed $2,000 to the New Mexicans for Freedom PAC in 2016. “HEYCO Energy Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries and affiliates, engages in the exploration, exploitation, development, and production of oil and gas in the United States, Europe, and North Africa.”[New Mexicans for Freedom Report of Expenditures and Contributions, 10/03/16, Bloomberg Company Overview of HEYCO Energy Group, Inc.]

New Mexicans for Freedom PAC Shares a Phone Number and Address With A State Senator

“(The PAC has the same phone number and address as state Sen. Cliff Pirtle, a Republican from Roswell. But Pirtle said he does not run the PAC, just helps it).” [Andrew Oxford, “VeneKlasen offers hands-on experience,” Santa Fe New Mexican, 05/22/18]

Lobbying & Political Contributions

No lobbying activity disclosed

Contributions to New Mexicans for Freedom

David Williams Woods For NM Senate $74,500

Committee To Elect John Sanchez $4,000

Mack C. Chase Trustee $2,500

Pirtle Farms LLLP $2,500

PAC 22 $2,000

HEYCO Energy Group Inc. $2,000

Ray  Willis $1,000

Devil Dusters Inc. $1,000

John  Breedyk $1,000

Ray  Vaz $250

Whitney Farms Ltd. $250

Sheryl  Cox $250

Jimmy  Pack $250

Mark  McCloy $250

Jennings Farms $150

Gents Cattle Company Inc. $100

Limnos of New Mexico $100

Charles  Coll $100

Elmer Dean Sons $100

New Mexicans for Freedom $100

Russell Smith $50  

Clarence  Harshey $50

Dale  Rogers $150

June  Marshall $50

TOTAL $22,700

Source: New Mexico SOS https://www.cfis.state.nm.us/media/PACMain.aspx

Revenue & Expenditures

Expenditures

Committee to Elect Lee Cotter $4,700

Baca for Senate NM $4,500

Committee to Elect Eric Burton $3,800

Brian Sullivan $2,764

Majority Strategies LLC $2,519

Committee to Elect Mike Herrington $2,500

KKF Media $336

NM SOS $50

Valley Bank of Commerce $28

TOTAL $21,197