“She is not telling the truth on this,” [former Susana Martinez campaign staffer Andrea] Goff said of the governor. Under penalty of perjury, Governor Martinez penned a multi-page sworn declaration defending her campaign manager and taking personal responsibility for every expenditure by her inaugural committee once under investigation by the US Department of Justice, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported this past weekend. That statement likely influenced FBI and US Dept. of Justice investigators reviewing the expenditures of her inaugural funds in 2015, law enforcement sources say. Now former staffers who raised funds and assisted in the transition and inauguration say Governor Martinez was not telling the truth in that statement.
“Going to try not to release expenses unless we get waterboarded into it.” – Jay McCleskey, 2011
She was once one of Susana Martinez’s most trusted advisors. One of the few people in the soon-to-be-governor’s inner circle, she was also the one who kept up with all of the money coming in and going out. Now Andrea Goff has shared the emails, documents and details behind the governor’s inauguration that launched an FBI investigation that we now know went all the way to the highest levels of the US Department of Justice in Washington, DC. Today, the Santa Fe New Mexican’s Justin Horwath details those allegations in 2,300 word front-page story. For those who (like us) have followed the close-knit circle of advisors, shell corporations and investigations into them, it is definitely worth the lengthy read.
Cong. Steve Pearce used campaign money to seed a SuperPAC run by his brother and an associated 501c4 organization run by his chief fundraiser. An FEC investigation prompted the SuperPAC to refund the money but the close connections show just how unindependent these supposedly ‘independent’ groups are.
Congressman has close ties to “independent” groups in New Mexico
Feb 11, 2014 8:04:06 AM
by Peter Olsen-Phillips
Update 01/10 1:13 p.m. Updated with a statement from the congressman’s office and a correction of an editor’s error. A previous version of this story inaccurately stated that one quarter of Albuquerque is in Pearce’s district. Two organizations associated with a congressman from New Mexico illustrate just how closely intertwined congressional candidates and independent, politically active organizations may be.