A spokesman for Sedillo Lopez’s campaign, Jason Rodriguez, said the former University of New Mexico law professor was unaware that the donors had cases before her husband at the time they made the contributions. He said Sedillo Lopez decided to return the money immediately after the Journal raised the issue with the campaign Friday.
“Antoinette has received support from more than 4,000 individuals, including former students and colleagues from her time as a law professor and associate dean of the UNM Law School, who she now considers friends,” Rodriguez said in an email. “When made aware of this small number of contributors, the campaign immediately refunded the contributions. Antoinette is a strong believer of integrity in our elections, and that is why she supports campaign finance reform, overturning Citizens United, and that is why she has refused to accept corporate PAC money in this campaign.”
The New Mexico lawyers’ campaign contributions to Sedillo Lopez were not illegal.