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King files suit over donations

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SANTA FE – Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gary King filed a lawsuit with the New Mexico Supreme Court on Monday, asking the state’s highest court to resolve a dispute with the Secretary of State’s Office over campaign contributions.

The dispute started when Secretary of State Dianna Duran ordered King, the state’s attorney general, to put three campaign contributions that she said exceeded the state’s contribution limit by a total of $10,900 into a public election fund.

However, King has refused to do so, while insisting the donations were lawful. He has also accused Duran, a Republican, of trying to sway this year’s gubernatorial election in favor of Gov. Susana Martinez, his general election opponent.

Duran, whose office oversees state campaign finance reporting, has denied any political motivation in the matter.

It was unclear Monday when the Supreme Court might act on King’s lawsuit.

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