ALEC Exposed: Names of NM Elected Officials LEAKED

Some elected officials hold town halls to listen to constituents. Some send out surveys and others hold gatherings at parks or churches. 

In New Mexico, however, some elected officials and community leaders choose to get their marching orders from corporations with extreme Right Wing agendas. 

Enter ALEC: The American Legislative Exchange Council. If you haven’t heard of this group before, you may have seen some of their policies either at the Roundhouse here in New Mexico or at the national level. They’re a Washington-D.C.-based, corporate-sponsored “think tank” that basically believes our society should be run like Gilead- see Handmaid’s Tale for reference, or, click here for a list of their bills. (Spoiler alert: abortion bans, “Right-to-Work” laws, privatization of public schools, voter suppression, climate change denial, etc.)

A couple of weeks ago, ALEC held their conference in Austin, Texas.

ProgressNow NM calls for investigation into PRC Commissioner

Progress Now New Mexico today called for the investigation, by appropriate State officials including the Attorney General, Secretary of State and the State Ethics Commission, of various activities of Public Regulation Commissioner Valerie Espinoza. Those activities came to light after an examination by ProgressNow NM and others of responses to public records requests and other information provided to Progress Now. The activities, if verified, range from inappropriate to criminal, and would include violations of both statutes and regulations. 

PRC Commissioner Valerie Espinoza

“The information resulting from our IPRA request is deeply disappointing,” said Stephanie Maez, Executive Director for ProgressNow New Mexico. “It is our hope that by shedding light on this we can ensure that the Commissioner’s behavior is thoroughly investigated and future questionable activities by the Commissioner cease all together.”  

You can see the whole press release here:

PNNM Press-Release- Valerie Espinoza .pdf

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And you can find all the supporting documents here:

Exhibits1-4.pdf

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ProgressNow New Mexico is committed to keeping public officials of any party and at any level in New Mexico government accountable to the people. Stay tuned for any updates as this story develops.

Gov’s $7,900 Xmas Party Prompts Dems to Call for Oversight

Santa Fe –  Governor Martinez’s Christmas Parties are now legendary. Her post-party 911 call to Santa Fe Police drew national attention after she used the occasion to demand the names of anyone who complained about the rowdy post-gala pizza party she attended in an upscale Santa Fe hotel. It also didn’t help that she told police to go away instead of investigating. State Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez noted that anyone else would likely have gone to jail for that action alone:

“Any regular person who tried to do what she did would be subject to a charge of obstruction” Sen. Sanchez #NMPol https://t.co/hQCsoLLfqm
— NM Senate Democrats (@NMSenateDems) December 23, 2015
After the fact, we learn that the governor’s office paid for the big Christmas blowout was paid for by taxpayers at a cost of more than $7,900. What was wrong with the office potluck?