Who says dirty politics doesn’t pay?
The Santa Fe Reporter comes with a new analysis of federal and state finance reports show that Jay McCleskey, the governor’s top political advisor and campaign manager, and three firms connected to him were paid $1,700,000 in just 19-days of the past campaign.
While Martinez says she has no national ambition, McCleskey apparently isn’t turning down work for national Republican groups:
In the three-month period ending on Sept. 30, the [Republican Governors Association] paid Martinez’ top political adviser Jay McCleskey’s firm, McCleskey Media Strategies, $30,000 for “consulting” in Arizona and Nevada, according to tax filings. A New Jersey news organization, NJ.com, reports McCleskey has received $90,000 in consulting for the two states in this election cycle.
Washington DC-based FP1 Strategies received $40,450 in the same period, according to tax filings, for ad production. One of Martinez’ campaign representatives, Danny Diaz, heads the political consulting firm.
Virginia-based polling firm Public Opinion Strategies received $63,000 for polling and focus groups in the same period, according to tax filings. McCleskey’s wife Nicole is a partner at the firm, which has done work for Republicans across New Mexico, particularly Gov. Martinez.
In total, the RGA paid the three companies $133,540 in the three month period combined, according to records.
And that’s not all.
Meanwhile, the three companies made a total of $1,922,821.40 from Martinez campaign from Oct. 9 through Oct. 28, according to campaign finance reports with the New Mexico Secretary of State’s Office… Combined, the three companies accounted for 79 percent of Martinez’ expenditures during a 19-day period—or $101,201 per day.
On September 10, for instance, the RGA reported receiving $75,000 from Scientific Games International Inc., which has scored $6 million in contracts from New Mexico’s Gaming Control Board since Jan. 1, 2011, according to the state’s Sunshine Portal.
The gaming service company entered into a $1.3 million contract with New Mexico’s Gaming Control Board on Sept. 24 for providing IT services, according to the Sunshine Portal.
Recently referred to as a “slick ABQ political consultant” by a member of his own party, Jay McCleskey and his political strategy companies have made over $1.6 million since 2009 in pursuit of electing more Republicans in the predominantly Democratic state of New Mexico…
From 2010 to 2011, Lincoln Strategy Group received $1,061,677.67from Susana for Governor. From 2011 to the present, McCleskey Media Strategies has brought in $207,734.45 from Governor Martinez’s campaign committee and her super-PAC.
In 2010, while McCleskey was a partner at Lincoln, the firm was contracting with Dianna Duran’s Secretary of State campaign and was paid $100,000 for a media buy (Source: New Mexico Campaign Finance Information System).
McCleskey also worked as a consultant on R.J. Berry’s mayoral campaign in 2009 while at Lincoln. While Berry took $328,000 in public financing for his mayoral campaign, according to campaign finance reports Lincoln Strategy Group was paid $218,368.52 – a whopping 66% of taxpayer-funded campaign funds – from Berry during the campaign as well (Source: City of Albuquerque Campaign Reporting).
Additionally, the recently decided race between Pat Woods and Angie Spears – in which the governor took sides in the Republican primary by publicly endorsing Spears – saw McCleskey garner another $47,148.92.
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