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New Mexico candidate seeks court injunction to access cash

New Mexico candidate seeks court injunction to access cash

The Associated Press
September 01, 2017 08:14 AM

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce is seeking a federal court injunction to tap into $1 million in political contributions that he collected while in Congress to use in his run for governor of New Mexico.

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The motion, filed late Thursday in federal court, seeks to block enforcement of limitations on campaign transfers from Pearce's federal campaign account to a state one. Approval could give Pearce access to campaign cash while underlying issues are litigated.

The Secretary of State's Office says that only $11,000 can be transferred by Pearce based on state campaign contribution limits.

Attorney General Hector Balderas was named in Pearce's lawsuit. A spokesman for his office said Pearce is wasting taxpayer dollars to further his own political career and is attempting to disrupt Balderas from other work.

Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver has said time is needed to address important constitutional issues.

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