Spending Spree Pressured to donate to domestic violence charity, Martinez gave last campaign cash to pals (SF Reporter)

Spending Spree Pressured to donate to domestic violence charity, Martinez gave last campaign cash to pals

April 22, 2015, 12:00 am By Justin Horwath

 

Legislative Democrats allege one of the final acts of Republican Susana Martinez’ gubernatorial campaign last year was lying to the public.

The allegation follows a story published online by SFR on April 16 that reported a Martinez spokesman made a misleading statement about the campaign’s financial status this spring. When Martinez faced pressure to donate campaign cash to charity because she received contributions from a Texas real-estate magnate accused of domestic violence, records show her campaign instead gave the last of its money to causes that could help her closest consultants profit from politics.

Officials with Martinez’ campaign and administration have not replied to multiple phone messages and emails seeking comment about when they learned the details of what Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department records describe as an incident in which campaign donor Mark Hiles slapped, choked and dragged a woman by the hair at a resort hotel.

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