A fledgling Super PAC funded largely by oil and gas companies from southeast New Mexico has drawn the ire of Democratic legislative candidates for sending out mailers and paying for radio ads in certain contested primary races.
At least four candidates — Jack Sullivan of Santa Fe, Eleanor Chavez of Albuquerque, Larry Martinez of Lordsburg and David Coss of Santa Fe — have filed ethics complaints against Reform New Mexico Now PAC and requested a formal investigation of its activities.
Reform New Mexico Now has targeted at least six Democratic primary races, according to Democratic campaign officials, but is operating as an independent expenditure committee. That means it does not have to adhere to limitations on campaign fundraising but can not contribute directly to any candidate’s campaign.
The fledgling political organization registered with Secretary of State Dianna Duran’s office last week. It has received money — a total of $180,000 — from two of the same corporations who previously gave money to Gov. Susana Martinez’s political committee.
The PAC initially reported receiving its contributions in April, but filed an amended report over the weekend claiming the money was actually received last month.
Click here to read Saturday’s Journal story about Reform New Mexico Now.