DA challenger outspending incumbent

By Darrell Todd Maurina

Matt Chandler has raised nearly $4,200 more than incumbent Brett Carter in the campaign for district attorney, according to campaign finance records filed Thursday evening

State law requires candidates to file campaign finance reports on May 10 and May 27.

Through Tuesday, Chandler had raised $29,007.84 and spent $25,696.03; Carter had raised $24,833.85 and spent $24,549.59.

Chandler’s fund-raising lead started out as nearly two-to-one, showing that he raised $22,870 to Carter’s $14,355 by May 10. Carter narrowed the difference by the second report, much of it through personal contributions and contributions from family members.

“We realized (Chandler’s supporters) were spending a lot of money on this campaign, and we were not able to match it, obviously,” Carter said. “I can’t see asking other people for money if I am not willing to contribute.”

Carter said he’s contributed close to $4,450 to his own campaign. His parents gave $1,300, his brother $600, his wife’s parents $500, and his sister-in-law gave $540.

Those numbers include some contributions made during the last week of the campaign which won’t appear on official reports until July 1. Including late contributions, Carter said his campaign raised about $26,393 and spent $26,249 by Friday afternoon. More than a quarter of the contributions came from relatives, he said.

Chandler’s campaign raised $29,957.84 by Saturday afternoon, according to his treasurer’s unofficial calculations.

Carter said even with late contributions he is his own largest contributor, followed by Clovis attorney Dan Lindsey at $2,150. Official campaign reports that don’t reflect late contributions indicate that Clovis car dealer Gary Hamilton is the third-largest donor to the Carter campaign, giving $2,100 as of Tuesday. Other donors giving $1,000 or more to the Carter campaign were pharmacy owner James Herman at $1,100 and Portales National Bank president David Stone with $1,000.

Hamilton is also the largest single donor to Chandler’s campaign, giving $2,250 as of Tuesday.

Hamilton couldn’t be reached for comment Friday afternoon or Saturday morning and both candidates said they weren’t sure how to understand his contribution.

“I talked to Hamilton Ford; I imagine a lot of these people in my opponent’s campaign did, too,” Carter said. “A lot of people when you ask them for money, they know you and don’t want to turn you down. Just because they give you money doesn’t mean they are going to vote for you. That’s something that gets determined at the voting booth.”

Chandler said he didn’t know why Hamilton contributed so generously to both campaigns.

“Gary Hamilton is perhaps just very generous,” Chandler said. “I really don’t know why, it’s their prerogative and I’d rather not speculate.”

Two dairy operations or their owners made contributions to both candidates, but the candidates said the explanation was that different members of the dairy families supported different candidates.

Clovis attorney Michael Garrett, his wife Clare, and dairy owner Art Schaap each gave $1,000 to Chandler; no other donor gave more than $1,000. Chandler contributed $500 to his own campaign and his parents donated $625.

Both candidates report numerous contributions from local attorneys and Chandler reported a number of contributions from out-of-state attorneys, many of whom he said were friends from college or law school. Most of Chandler’s out-of-state contributions were generally under $250.

Carter’s contributors included three of the eight attorneys in his office: $350 from Bryan McKay, $200 from Brent Capshaw, and $100 from Fred Van Soelen.

Even though he was fired by Carter for deciding to run against him, Chandler said he had no intention of removing those in the district attorney’s office who supported Carter’s campaign if he wins.

“They have the constitutional right to support who they may and I have absolutely no problem with that,” Chandler said.
Chandler said he was surprised to see how much money he was able to raise.

“It was much more than I expected,” Chandler said. “I was unsure what it would take to run a campaign and what it would take to raise the money, but I had a third of that money raised a week and a half after I was fired.”

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Matt Chandler’s contribution and expeditures

Monetary contributions in dollars
(In order reported to Secretary of State as of Tuesday)

Kevin Spears 200
Steve Doerr 500
Hal Grieg 1,000
Dean Borders 320
Anonymous 150
Randy Harris, 300 Main St. Clovis 100
Burton R. Trembley 40
Kevin Kaplin 250
John Bennett 50
Thomas Johnston 25
Barton Rogan 100
Eric Kristian Sanders 100
Matthew Noble 25
E.L. Betz Jr. 50
Ronald J. Webb 100
Donel L. McClamroch Jr. 400
Brian Freidline 100
Fransico T. Sanchez 50
Brett Trembley 105
Caleb Chandler 500
Phillip Bell 500
Steven J. Thompson 100
Manuel Tann III 100
Brian L. Dart 50
Richard C. Buck 100
Timothy Z. Hartley 100
Logan Bailor 50
Thomas L. Wiper Jr. 500
Philip L. Thames 50
William W. Waters 100
Melissa D. Eastham 200
Donna Chandler 100
Jason Lacey 200
Danny Carmody 50
Luke Schissel 200
Michael Carruthers 30
Matthew Bott 45
John Snowburger 150
William Vannoshan 50
Ed Lingnau 100
Robbie Telles 100
Ty Harmon 500
Chris Foote 200
L.E. Mendoza 100
Terry S. Hale 100
Jack and Chris Walters 50
Bennie Nieves 100
J.S. or T.B. Volker 50
Kay Simmons Arvizu 50
Macatak Inc., John Snowberger 150
David Hudson 250
David McDermid 200
Chase Gentry 100
Terry R. Guebert 250
Mario Silva 50
John Chandler 50
David Johnson 25
Jason Bothwell 100
Matt Ware 30
Kevin Duncan 50
Eric W. Palla 50
Kirk Fly 30
Charles R. Rogers 300
Kevin Spears 100
Linda Palla 200
David Maes 25
Jumin Klein 100
Zachary Rigdon 100
John Ryan 100
Richard Buck 100
Daric Garbutt 40
Rajen Dairy, Randy Vander Dusen 500
George Krattiger 400
Eldon W. Smith 50
Jay Neff 100
Dr. Jacob H. Moberly 200
Gloria Ann Helton 150
M. Francis Stuckey 150
Charles Forrest Wade 250
Ted Boersma 250
David Hunton 500
John W. McNeil 100
Michael T. Garrett 1,000
Clare Garrett 1,000
Art Schaap 500
John Snowberger 150
Mary E. and M.E. Bell 300
Keith Barker 100
Jim Turner 100
Bruce Cross 50
Jeff Moore 100
Dr. Allan Haynes Jr. 200
Ted Stallings 250
Caleb Chandler 25
Raymond Rivera 50
Brad McConkey 30
Kirk Chewing 25
George Krattiger 100
Michael Miller 50
George Banister 200
Russell Knudson 20
Scott Christensen 200
Randy Knudson 250
John Eastwood 200
Bob Caiter 100
James Idsingra Sr. 250
Gary Kelly 500
Harold Thrashor 100
Paul Kinard 100
Steve Myrick 20
Dr. Elwyn E. Crume 60
George Shuckman 100
Danny Heflin 500
Bill Bonem 100
Robert D. Bessette 100
Ronald L. Hieronymus 150
Matthew T. Bratcher 100
Jeremy R. Lusk 100
Mary D. Miller 50
Leonard Coffey 50
Sandy Howard 50
Buddy Bennett 500
Kathi Holland 100
Kenneth Nutt 150
Alison Isbell 50
Larry A. Roberts 50
Allan F. Isbell 50
Gary Hamilton 1,050
Gary Hamilton 350
Doug Idsinga 250
Tommy Joe Smith 50
Dianne Dewitt 50
Harold Thrasher 100
O.H. Pattison 50
Royce Jones 100
John Snowberger 150
Mike Reeves 50
Jordan Strebeck 150
Sid Strebeck 500
Tim Hartley 200
Eric Deale 100
Thomas Harrington 25
R. Gene Walker 25
Russel L. Wiener 200
Randy Knudson 150
Art Schaap 500
Derek Cockrell 250
Gary Hamilton 350
John Snowberger 250
William H. Grieg 150
Randy Holland 100
George Krattiger 100
Matt Chandler 500
Jacob Moberly 300
Gary Hamilton 500
Wayne Burch 100
Merle Terry 25
Rebecca Gear 100

In-kind contributions
Lee Maloy (donated advertising) 762.84

Total contributions 29,007.84

Expenditures

Matthew Chandler 40
U.S. Post Office 74
Alltel 36.78
ENMU Housing Dept. 160
Donna Chandler 50
Donna Chandler 50
Donna Chandler 180.84
Donna Chandler 14.90
Sharron Chandler 45
Sharron Chandler 9
Sharron Chandler 29.20
Sharron Chandler 15.88
Sharron Chandler 26.30
Signs By Tommorrow 105
Alltel 26.30
Hollands 892.49
Print Shop 170.84
Print Shop 356.79
Print Shop 426.40
Signs By Tommorrow 1,597.78
Best Western Inn of Santa Fe 97.31
Curry County Clerk 50
Curry County Clerk 50
Pack N Mail 211.30
Clovis News Journal 436.31
Clovis News Journal 326.53
Hollands 416.31
Alltel 26.30
Mario Silva 500
Signs By Tommorrow 761.85
Rooney and Moon Broadcasting 1,529.57
KTQM, KWKA 530.77
U.S. Post Office 111
KCLV 470.18
Clovis News Journal 253.26
New Graphic Designs 768.03
Clovis News Journal 1,312.78
Pack N Mail 855
New Graphic Designs 1,708.43
Affinity USA 12.75
Affinity USA 17
Affinity USA 5.20
Subway Sandwich Shop 10.64
Informant 106.38
Clovis News Journal 585.18
Alltel 26.30
Clovis News Journal 1,536.15
Pack-n-Mail 784.50
U.S. Post Office 260
Clovis News Journal 387.21
Clovis News Journal 208.51
Clovis News Journal 491.46
Clovis News Journal 1,076.78
Hollands 1,266.16
Clovis News Journal 223.38
Clovis News Journal 130.04
Pack-n-Mail 2,440.20
Clovis News Journal 982.90
KCLV 159.57
KTQM 203.18
Texico Tribune 30.60
Shawn Chandler 29.51

Total expenditures 25,696.03

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Bret Carter’s contributions and expeditures

Monetary contributions in dollars
(In order reported to Secretary of State as of Tuesday)

Gary Hamilton 700
Nick Kennedy 50
Irene Coblentz 100
Mark McKay 100
James Giles 100
Wade Carter 300
W.C. Carter 500
Portales National Bank, David Stone 500
Irene and Merced Urias 500
Brian McKay 200
Dian Forsythe 100
Dan Lindsey 1,600
North Point Dairy 500
Don D’Amour 50
Watson Motor Company 100
Jan Cox 50
Kent Carruthers 150
Christopher Chace 50
Doug and Lisa Harrison 150
John and Lucille Swain 50
Anonymous 25
Steven Harmon 25
Juan Garza 250
Anonymous 50
Anonymous 100
Anonymous 100
Anonymous 100
Anonymous 100
Anonymous 50
LaVerne Williams 100
Esther Carter 200
Joe Smith 40
Jackie Berg 40
Sandy Hartz 30
Donald Farmer 70
Jan Murphy 70
Bryan McKay 100
Wade Carter 100
Susan Casillas 40
Esther Van Soelen 40
Leah Schoeffel 30
Arnold Martinez 100
Richard Ferguson 100
Doug Brooks 100
Brent Capshaw 200
Gary Elliott 150
Anonymous 100
Anonymous 50
Fred Van Soelen 100
Walter Cunningham 50
Minnie Bresler 40
Mark Ingram 40
Anonymous 40
Anonymous 10
Eric Dixon 1,000
W.C. Carter 100
Gary Hamilton 700
James Herman 1,000
Anonymous 100
Anonymous 40
Dr. B. Cross 50
James Herman 100
Morris Stagner 100
Brett J. Carter 350
W.C. Carter 200
Eddie Pullman 25
Minnie Bressler 500
Brett J. Carter 1,500
Brettt Carter 500
Esther Carter 53.85
Dan Lindsey 150
Angie Cordova 100
Brett J. Carter 1,000
Tony Cordova 100
Marion T. Rutter 100
Crosshair Gun Shop 200
David Stone 500
Wade Carter 200
Nick Kennedy 50
Jimmy Parrish 100
James Burford 50
Jim and Alyssa Idsinga 50
Lisa Williams 50
Charles Speice 50
Judy Logsdon 20
James Conlee 100
Morris Custom Farming 100
Pat Woods 200
David Williams 200
James Jennings 90
Rajen Dairy 200
Schaap Dairy 200
Roy Williams 25
North Point Dairy 200
Mark McKay 150
Tuls Cattle Company 400
James Shipley 25
Hamilton Ford 700
Zala Smith 150
Dr. Lonnie Alexander 300
Mark Carpenter 50
Jerry Cass 100
WC Carter 500
Paquin Terrazas 100
Bryan McKay 50
Guthals Nursery 200
Southern Dairy 200
Sam Merritt 200
Paul Romero 100
Snider Electric 100
K-Bobs Inc. 200
Lynell Skarda 100
Randall Harris, attorney 300
Brett Carter 1,000
Dr. Donald Brown 500
Stephen Whittington 250

In-kind contributions
Lynn Blair (Donated signs) 215

Total contributions 24,833.85

Expenditures
City Printing 218
Zip Printing 71.69
Walmart 41.10
Brad Marc 3,000
Clovis Bottlers 576.56
Guadalajara 248.48
Wal-Mart 16.66
I Prome teu 307.31
I Prome teu 142.38
New Graphic Designs 303.17
New Graphic Designs 361.68
Brad Marc 500
Curry County Clerk 53.85
US Post Master 13.80
New Graphic Designs 542.57
Brad Marc 3,000
Citizens Bank of Clovis 9.41
U.S. Post Office 39.22
Brad Marc 5,000
Albertson’s 84.14
Wal-Mart 19.57
Brad Marc 5,000
Brad Marc 5,000

Total expenditures 24,549.59