SANTA FE, N.M. — Today, we are catching up on public financing of campaigns for the state Public Regulation Commission, a fight over audits of four troubled chartered schools and a judge poised to succeed himself despite losing a retention election.
Lynda Lovejoy, unopposed in the November election for a seat on the PRC, spent nearly $26,000 in public financing on the election.
Under state law, PRC candidates – including those without election opposition – are eligible for public financing of their campaigns. The money comes from fees levied on PRC-regulated companies.
Lovejoy, of Crownpoint, received $27,574 in public financing for the November election and spent $25,603, according to her campaign finance report filed Dec. 4. The unspent money was returned to the Secretary of State’s Office, as required by law.