Ethics complaints filed against PAC associated with Gov. Martinez
Posted at: 06/03/2012 11:59 PM
| Updated at: 06/04/2012 12:07 AM
By: Shaun Griswold, KOB.com
Santa Fe Mayor David Coss
Three Democratic primary candidates for the New Mexico Legislature said they plan to file ethics complaints with the secretary of state and attorney general against a political action committee they said is associated with Governor Susana Martinez.
Santa Fe Mayor David Coss, a Democratic candidate for the House seat in District 46, requested the secretary of state and attorney general immediately investigate the Reform New Mexico Now political action committee.
Democrats Jack Sullivan and Eleanor Chavez also plan to file complaints against the PAC.
It appears Reform New Mexico Now is targeting Coss, Sullivan and Chavez with direct mailers against their campaigns and in support of their opponents.
Reform New Mexico Now's two major contributors are oil and gas companies who also supported Martinez in her 2010 gubernatorial campaign.
The PAC shares the same address as SusanaPAC, which is operated by her political advisor Jay McCleskey, according to campaign finance reports.
The ethics complaints state the PAC did not register contributions within 10-days as required by state campaign finance laws.
In a letter to Secretary of State Dianna Duran, Coss states the PAC listed contributions dated April 24 in a recent campaign finance report, but it didn’t register with the secretary of state until May 29.
On Saturday, Reform New Mexico Now filed an amended report that changed the date of some major contributions to May 21 and 24.
KOB 4 requested a response from Reform New Mexico, but their representatives did not respond by our deadline.
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