Complaint: Governor's PAC Runs Afoul of Law

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Complaint: Governor’s PAC Runs Afoul of Law

Attorney General and District Attorney Asked to Investigate Reform New Mexico Now PAC

ALBUQUERQUE – A political committee “backing [Governor Susana Martinez]’s agenda” is operating in violation of state law according to a complaint filed today with New Mexico’s Attorney General and the Bernalillo County District Attorney.

New Mexico law requires every candidate and political committee to report specificinformation about contributors, including the occupation of all those giving more than $250 in a cycle.  Since forming in May, the PAC has failed to provide this information for any qualified contributor. 

Martinez’s chief political adviser Jay McCleskey recently told the Associated Press, “Reform New Mexico Now is targeting two dozen legislative races and will support candidates backing the governor’s agenda.”  The PAC was also the subject of a complaint in May after it improperly disclosed the dates of contributions.  The PAC later filed amended reports.

New Mexico law provides a number of penalties for violation of the act, including criminal misdemeanor sanctions and civil injunctions.  ProgressNow New Mexico filed the complaint with both the Attorney General and Second District Attorney because both share concurrent jurisdiction in enforcing the statute.

The contributors in question have donated $56,000 to the group.