Saucedo Mercer out of money in CD3 race

2014-04-18T00:00:00Z Saucedo Mercer out of money in CD3 raceBy Becky Pallack Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Congressional District 3 candidate Gabriela Saucedo Mercer is running her campaign in the red, a new campaign finance report shows.

The Republican candidate raised $1,951 in the first quarter, according to a report filed with the Federal Election Commission on Friday.

The campaign listed only four itemized donations, all labeled anonymous, for a total of $296 since the beginning of the year.

The campaign had no cash on hand at the end of the first quarter and showed a balance of negative $156, according to the report.

Former campaign staff suing

Saucedo Mercer also is being sued by her former campaign staff.

AMS Marketing & Consulting says Saucedo Mercer owes them nearly $9,000, according to a breach-of-contract suit in Pima County Justice Court in June 2013.

Saucedo Mercer filed a counterclaim saying she doesn’t owe the company, and she wants $3,200 she paid to AMS last spring returned.

The AMS staff agreed to be paid “as campaign funds became available,” according to court documents filed by the Saucedo Mercer campaign last week.

But the money never came in, and Saucedo Mercer was unhappy with the performance of AMS consultant Adam Stevens, who was her campaign manager for a few months last year, according to the court documents.

Saucedo Mercer did not return two phone calls to her campaign office and two phone calls to her home.

OLIVAS PAPERWORK PROBLEM

Another Republican candidate, Miguel Olivas, said his campaign-finance report was filed with the Federal Election Commission but there was a mix-up with the paperwork. He said he has raised campaign cash but won’t say how much. He declined to provide a copy of his quarterly report for this article.

GRIJALVA HAS CASH, NEW MANAGER

Meanwhile, incumbent Democrat Raúl Grijalva raised $42,245 in the first quarter and has $109,000 cash on hand, according to his quarterly campaign finance report.

Grijalva announced this week that Jose Miranda will resign from his congressional staff to become his new campaign manager.

At a meeting of the Democrats of Greater Tucson Monday, Grijalva said he was proud his Progressive Caucus budget bill received 90 votes — more than ever before.

He called it a “significant sliver” of the House votes.

Contact reporter Becky Pallack at bpallack@gmail.com or 573-4251. On Twitter: @BeckyPallack

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