Bought & Sold: With $160,000 from corporations, is Nate Gentry NM’s most corporate legislator ever?

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Meet New Mexico’s most corporate legislator: Rep. Nate Gentry. 

Republican House Majority Leader Gentry is the architect for most of the failed ideas coming out of the House on crime, education, the economy, and jobs this session.

Now, new research from ProgressNow NM shows that Gentry might just be New Mexico’s most corporate legislator: since the 2014 elections that put Republicans in charge of the House, Gentry took over $160,000 from corporations and wealthy special interests.

ProgressNow NM’s new analysis of campaign finance reports looked at over 12,000 individual contributions and segmented out the 2,304 corporate contributions reported by candidates and elected officials between the November 2014 election and the last reporting period in October 2015 (the most recent data available).

While Gentry raked in $160,000, the median amount of corporate donations – the point at which half of legislators received more and half earned less – to all other individual legislators during that same period is $4,650.

When looking at the averages, Gentry accumulated 20 times more corporate donations than the average of all other legislators.

Rep. Nate Gentry

Rep. Nate Gentry

Beginning in November 2014, just after Republicans won a majority in the state house, Nate Gentry began receiving a deluge of in-state and out-of-state campaign donations from finance companies, oil and gas corporations, Republican political action committees, pharmaceutical companies, lobbyist firms, real estate interests, and more.

(Look below for an interactive spreadsheet detailing the contributions.)

For an elected legislator with no named opponent and in a year without an election, many of Gentry’s contributors maxed out their contributions through 2016 with some groups giving $5,000, $10,000 or more. Examples include:

A breakdown of Gentry's corporate contributions by type.

A breakdown of Gentry’s corporate contributions by type. [Click to expand]

  • New Mexico Forward ($10,800)
  • Republican Leadership PAC ($10,000)
  • COIR Committee on Individual Responsibility ($5,400)
  • Builder’s Trust of NM ($5,000)
  • FEAPAC of NM ($5,000)
  • NextEra Energy Resources ($5,000)
  • Rock House LLC ($5,000)
  • Occidental Oil and Gas ($4,000)
  • AstraZeneca ($2,500)
  • K12 Management ($2,000)

These revelations come on the heels of a recently released study by the Pew Research Center that found 65% of American feel that our economic system “unfairly favors powerful interests.”

In a time where the majority of voters think too many of our politicians have handed over our democracy to corporate lobbyists, out-of-state corporations, and other special interests it’s highly concerning that the leader of New Mexico’s House is indebted to these special interests in this way.

In a year with record income inequality running rampant, House Republicans have fast-tracked no less than a dozen crime bills and passed a budget that protects $70 million in increasing corporate tax breaks, but haven’t produced one jobs bill.

They’ve sponsored bills to lower minimum wages, cut wages for construction workers by 30%, and killed a proposal to give working families a small tax break to help them make ends meet. And they continue to push for tax breaks for the wealthy, slash critical public services, and refuse to enact simple policies like freezing the phase-in of the 2013 corporate income tax cuts (which would put millions back in state coffers).

The policy priorities of New Mexico Republicans put corporations ahead of working families at every turn. But when one of New Mexico’s most prominent Republican leaders is funded by corporate interests at such an unprecedented rate, how could we expect anything different?

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“He took HOW much?”

These new revelations about Gentry’s political donations, coupled with our new report detailing how a private prison group played a major part in funding the 2014 Republican House takeover, sheds needed light on the current Republican obsession with more prisons and harsher penalties.

If Republicans were serious about reducing crime they’d support the proven ways that’s done – crime prevention programs, drug treatment, job training, early childhood education, family crisis intervention, etc. (This approach is supported by 49% of New Mexicans over harsher penalties (35%), by the way.)

Instead, we’ve gotten a flood of failed ‘reform’ policies that were all the rage in the 80’s but that have been steadily repealed by Democrat- and Republican-run states in recent years.

Mandatory minimums-!

Harsher penalties and longer sentences mean more beds in New Mexico’s private prisons are filled. That means more money in the pockets of New Mexico’s for-profit prison corporations like Geo Group Inc. which gives 93% of its political donations to Republicans and spent over $30,000 helping defeat New Mexico Democrats in 2014.

Now it starts making sense…

[Use your mouse or scroll-pad to scroll left-to-right to see all the data]

First Name Last Name Description Amount Date Contribution Memo Company Name City State Occupation
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $500 11/18/14 Kent Cravens Consulting LLC Albuquerque NM Lobbyist
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $2,104 11/24/14 FLS Connect St. Paul MN reimbursement
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $250 12/1/14 Fort Sill Apache Tribe of Oklahoma Lawton OK Indian Tribe
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $500 12/1/14 NM Assn. Nurse Anesthetists Albuquerque NM PAC
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $750 12/9/14 Committee to Elect Chris Saucedo Albuquerque NM campaign committee
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $1,000 12/9/14 New Mexico Horsemen’s Association Albuquerque NM Political Action Committee
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $1,000 12/10/14 WPX Energy, Inc Tulsa OK Energy Company
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $1,000 12/18/14 GCC Rio Grande, Inc. Tijeras NM Concrete
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $4,000 12/30/14 Occidental Oil and Gas Corporation Los Angeles CA Oil and Gas Corporation
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $10,000 2/24/15 Republican Leadership PAC Albuquerque NM PAC
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $2,000 4/9/15 New Mexico RPAC Santa Fe NM Political Action Committee
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $5,000 4/27/15 $2,500 for 2016 Primary, $2,50 ACE Metals, Inc Albuquerque NM Metal Recycling
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $5,000 4/28/15 $2,500 for 2016 Primary, $2,50 ACME Iron & Metals Company, INC Albuqueruque NM Metal Recycling
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $5,400 5/14/15 COIR Committee on Individual Responsibility ABQ NM Political Action Committee
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $1,000 5/22/15 Southern Wine & Spirits of America, INC Albuquerque NM Alcohol
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $1,000 5/27/15 Admiral Beverage Corporation Albuquerque NM beverages
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $50 5/29/15 Cruz Law Office Toas NM
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $250 6/1/15 Law Offices of Daymon B. Ely Albuquerque NM Law Firm
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $800 6/1/15 $800 For 2016 General Republican Leadership PAC Albuquerque NM Political Action Committee
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $500 6/2/15 NM Rural Electric Co-op Association Santa Fe NM Utility Association
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $500 6/2/15 Traynor Associates LLC Albuquerque NM lobbyist
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $1,000 6/3/15 NDC PAC Albuquerque NM PAC
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $500 6/4/15 Reserve Industries Albuquerque NM Mining
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $1,000 6/4/15 Sunray Gaming of New Mexico, LLC Farmington NM Casino
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $1,000 6/5/15 Consumer Lending Alliance, Inc Crawfordville FL Company
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $1,000 6/5/15 Energen Corporation Political Action Committee Birmingham AL PAC
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $500 6/5/15 The Bull Ring of Sky King INC Santa Fe NM Restaurant
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $250 6/5/15 West Wood Realty Albuquerque NM Real Estate
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $500 6/7/15 The Horse and Angel Tavern Albuquerque NM Restaurant/Bar
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $500 6/8/15 Albuquerque Area Firefighters Albuquerque NM PAC
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $1,000 6/8/15 AT&T Dallas TX Telecommunications
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $5,000 6/8/15 $2,500 for 2016 Primary, $2,50 FEAPAC of NM Albuqueruque NM PAC
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $250 6/8/15 Parnall Law Firm, LLC Albuquerque NM Law Firm
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $500 6/8/15 Sacred Wind Communications Inc Albuquerque NM Communications
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $1,000 6/8/15 Select Management Resources, LLC Alpharette GA Lender
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $2,500 6/9/15 Associated Contractors of NM/PAC ABQ NM Political Action Committee
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $2,500 6/9/15 Locator, INC Albuquerque NM Real Estate
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $250 6/9/15 Salazar, Sullivan & Jasionowski Albuquerque NM Law Firm
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $250 6/9/15 Salazar, Sullivan & Jasionowski Albuquerque NM Law Firm
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $500 6/10/15 Alvarado Management Albuquerque NM Transportation
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $250 6/10/15 Ascendant Program Services 07-13 Silver Spring MD Natural Resources
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $200 6/10/15 Broad Spectrum Government Affairs Rio Rancho NM Government Affairs
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $150 6/10/15 Committee To Elect Lonnie C Talbert Albuquerque NM
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $1,000 6/10/15 Health Care Service Corporation Employees’ PAC Albuquerque NM PAC
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $500 6/10/15 Home Builders Association of Central New Mexico Albuquerque NM Home Builders
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $100 6/10/15 J.D. Bullington Government Relations Santa Fe NM Government Affairs
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $1,000 6/10/15 NAIOP-NM Albuquerque NM PAC
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $250 6/10/15 New Mexico Medical Political Action Committee Albuquerque NM Political Action Committee
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $500 6/10/15 Pacifica Mesa Studios Albuquerque NM Film Studio
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $5,000 6/10/15 $2,500 for 2016 Primary, $2,50 Rock House, LLC Albuquerque NM Railroad Construction
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $100 6/10/15 Romero’s Consulting Albuquerque NM
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $100 6/10/15 S. G. Consulting Services Albuquerque NM
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $500 6/10/15 Ultramain Systems Albuquerque NM Software
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $1,000 6/10/15 Western Refining Southwest Inc. Tempe AZ Oil and Gas
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $500 6/11/15 Carter Law Offices, PC Albuquerque NM Law Firm
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $500 6/11/15 Kent Cravens Consulting LLC Albuquerque NM Lobbyist
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $1,000 6/11/15 PNM Responsible Citizens Group Albuquerque NM Utility
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $500 6/15/15 Citigroup Inc. Political Action Comittee Washington DC Financial Services
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $250 6/15/15 Houliston & Weaks Albuquerque NM Law Firm
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $1,000 6/15/15 Tenet Healthcare Corporation PAC Dallas TX PAC
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $1,000 6/16/15 Axcess Financial Services Cincinnati OH Financial Services
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $250 6/16/15 Bogardus and Scott Attys at Law Albuquerque NM Attorney
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $500 6/16/15 Jaramillo & Touchet Albuquerque NM Law Firm
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $500 6/18/15 Law Offices of Scott and Kienzle, PA Albuquerque NM Attoney
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $1,000 6/22/15 Anheuser Busch St. Louis MO Beer Company
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $1,000 6/22/15 Consumer Installment Loan Association of New Mexico Las Cruces NM Lenders
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $1,500 6/23/15 Security Finance Corporation of Spartanburg Spartanburg SC Finance
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $500 6/24/15 Bridgepoint Education, Inc San Diego, CA NM Education
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $1,000 6/25/15 World Acceptance Corporation Greenville SC Lender
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $5,000 6/29/15 $2,500 for 2016 Primary, $2,50 Ruidoso Horse Sales INC Ruidoso Downs NM Horse Racing
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $1,000 7/7/15 Horizon Ag Products Louisville CO Agricultural Products
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $250 7/7/15 Noble Finance #219 Albuquerque NM Finance
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $500 7/7/15 World Wide Taverns, INC Albuquerque NM Stone Face Tavern
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $250 7/7/15 Your Credit #417 Albuquerque NM Lender
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $500 7/10/15 Western-Shamrock San Angelo TX Lender
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $250 7/13/15 Clarke C. Coll Roswell NM Attorney
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $1,000 7/15/15 QC Holdings Overland Park KS Lender
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $500 7/17/15 CCA of Tennessee, LLC Nashville TN corrections
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $1,000 7/17/15 Star Loans of Texas, Inc Humble TX Lender
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $1,000 7/20/15 Wallace Management Co. LLC McAlester OK Lender
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $1,000 7/21/15 ICBA / NM PAC Aztec NM Political Action Committee
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $1,000 7/23/15 Associated Contractors of NM/PAC ABQ NM Political Action Committee
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $500 7/23/15 Peterson Properties LLC Albuquerque NM Real Estate
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $1,000 7/27/15 Associated Contractors of NM/PAC ABQ NM Political Action Committee
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $500 7/29/15 Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp Whitehouse Station NJ Pharmaceuticals
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $10,800 8/12/15 $5,400 for 2016 Primary, $5,40 New Mexico Forward Albuquerque NM PAC
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $1,000 8/14/15 Pacific Dental Services Irvine CA Dental Services
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $1,000 8/17/15 BNSF Railway Company Fort Worth TX Railway
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $2,000 8/18/15 Apollo Education Group Phoenix AZ Higher Education
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $250 8/20/15 MMM Investments LLC Los Ranchos NM Construction
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $1,000 8/24/15 Aladdin Bail Bonds New Mexico, LLC Carlsbad CA Bail Bonds
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $5,000 8/26/15 $2,500 for 2016 Primary, $2,50 Enterprise Products Partners, L.P. PAC Houston TX PAC
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $1,000 8/26/15 Herbalife Torrance CA Food Supplement
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $2,500 8/31/15 AstraZeneca Willimington DE Pharmaceuticals
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $500 8/31/15 Yum!  Brands Inc Louisville KY Restaurant Company
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $500 9/2/15 Bank of America Wilmington DE Financial Institution
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $1,500 9/2/15 Phamaceutical Research and Manufactures of America Washington DC Political Action Committee
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $500 9/3/15 Lovelace Health Systems Albuqueruque NM Healthcare Systems
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $250 9/3/15 Wells Fargo & Co Employee PAC Minneapolis MN PAC
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $1,000 9/4/15 Pueblo of Santa Ana Santa Ana Pueblo NM Pueblo
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $5,000 9/7/15 $2,500 for 2016 Primary, $2,50 Moores for Senate Albuquerque NM Campaign Committee
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $1,000 9/7/15 New Mexico Medical Political Action Committee Albuquerque NM Political Action Committee
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $5,000 9/8/15 $2,500 for 2016 Primary, $2,50 NextEra Energy Resources, LLC Juno Beach FL Energy Company
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $1,000 9/10/15 New Mexico Banks Association PAC Albuquerque NM PAC
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $500 9/11/15 Astellas Pharma US, INC Deerfield IL Pharmaceuticals
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $500 9/11/15 BCA Medical Associates P.A. Roswell NM Physicians
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $300 9/11/15 Greater Albuquerque Medical Association Albuquerque NM PAC
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $1,000 9/14/15 RAI Services Company Winston-Salem NC Tobacco
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $1,000 9/14/15 Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino Sunland Park NM Racetrack and Casino
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $1,000 9/15/15 Brewer Oil Company Albuquerque NM Oil and Gas
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $1,000 9/15/15 CNA Chicago IL Insurance Organization
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $1,000 9/15/15 Honeywell International PAC Washington DC PAC
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $2,000 9/16/15 K12 Management Inc. Herndon VA Education
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $250 9/17/15 Carroll Strategies, LLC Albuquerque NM Public Relations
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $1,000 9/21/15 Eli Lilly and Company Indianapolis IN Company
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $2,000 9/22/15 General Motors Company Washington DC Auto Manufacturer
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $2,500 9/23/15 GMRI, Inc Orlando FL Restaurants
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $2,500 9/23/15 GMRI, Inc Orlando FL Restaurants
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $2,500 9/24/15 Select Management Resources, LLC Alpharette GA Lender
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $5,000 9/25/15 $2,500 for 2016 Primary, $2,50 Builders Trust of New Mexico Albuquerque NM Worker’s Compensation
Nate Gentry Monetary contribution $1,500 9/29/15 Concho Resources, Inc. PAC Washington DC PAC