May 07--SANTA FE -- A lineup of national Republican heavy hitters will gather in a Washington, D.C., suburb in two weeks to help Gov. Susana Martinez raise campaign cash for her re-election effort.
U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus and U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida, John McCain of Arizona and Rand Paul of Kentucky are among the listed guests for the May 21 event.
The fundraiser will be held at the Chevy Chase, Md., home of Susan Neely, president and CEO of the American Beverage Association and a donor to both GOP and Democratic candidates. The minimum cost to attend the event is $500, according to an invitation that was first published by the magazine Mother Jones.
Martinez held a similar Washington, D.C., fundraiser for her re-election campaign in June 2013. She raked in $220,000 at that event, according to The Hill, a congressional newspaper.
Martinez, a Republican who is seeking re-election to a second four-year term this year, entered the 2014 election cycle with a sizable financial edge on her potential opponents. She reported last month having roughly $4.2 million in her campaign war chest.
In response to a question about this month's fundraiser, Martinez campaign spokesman Chris Sanchez said donations received by the governor will allow her campaign to counter an anticipated "onslaught" of negative attacks from national groups.
NEA ENDORSES EVERYONE: All five Democratic gubernatorial candidates were endorsed Tuesday by a prominent New Mexico teachers union.
National Education Association-New Mexico President Betty Patterson said in a statement that the union's board of directors made the unusual decision not to endorse just one candidate because it believed they are all "superior" on the issue of public education to incumbent Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.
Candidate Alan Webber, a Santa Fe businessman, sent out an email to supporters announcing the endorsement of the NEA, which has more than 8,000 members statewide. However, he did not note that the four other Democratic candidates also received the union's backing.
Meanwhile, candidate Lawrence Rael, a longtime government official, said he was "proud to share" the endorsement with the other four Democrats.
The other candidates seeking the Democratic Party nomination for governor are Gary King, Linda Lopez and Howie Morales.
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Original headline: D.C. fundraiser to benefit Martinez
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