Records indicate Gov. Susana Martinez misled the public about her campaign’s ability to shed contributions made by a Texas developer charged with domestic violence
April 16, 2015, 6:00 pm
Records show Susana Martinez’ campaign had enough money in its bank account to return contributions made by a Texas developer charged by Las Vegas, Nevada, police with physically assaulting a woman in an October 2012 incident. The revelation contradicts public statements made by the Republican governor’s spokesman.
Enrique Knell, then a spokesman for the governor, told the Albuquerque Journal in a March article that shedding thousands in contributions donated by the developer, Marcus Hiles, would not be feasible.
On June 3, 2014, Hiles contributed the $10,400 limit to Martinez’ campaign, reports show. His wife, Nancy Hiles, also contributed $10,400.
“The campaign has long since ended, and you can’t return money that’s already been spent,” the Journal quoted Knell as saying.
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