April 16, 2015

Post-Election spending by PACs drops in New Mexico- Las Cruces Sun News

Some political action committees continued to spend and raise money in New Mexico after the November election. But the latest financial disclosures filed with the secretary of state's office show it wasn't nearly as much as before voters went to the polls.

Spending by the New Mexico House Majority Fund and the Keep New Mexico House Majority PAC dwindled to virtually zero following the election that saw the GOP take control of the House for the first time in decades. The filings for the Oct. 7 to April 6 reporting period were due Monday for all PACs and elected officials.

ActBlue, a committee that contributed to Democratic campaigns, raised and spent about $93,000. The Realtors Association of New Mexico PAC raised about $74,000 and spent $30,000, including $5,000 for Gov. Susana Martinez's inaugural. -- 4/15/2015


Martinez signs gambling compacts with 5 New Mexico tribesLas Cruces Sun News

Five New Mexico tribes have new 22-year gambling compacts with the state. Gov. Susana Martinez signed agreements with the Acoma and Jemez pueblos, the Jicarilla Apache Nation, the Mescalero Apache Tribe and the Navajo Nation. Martinez signed the agreements Monday during a ceremony at the governor's office with tribal leaders in attendance.

The signings followed several years of negotiations and legislative consideration capped by passage of a gambling compact bill during this year's session. Tribal officials also have signed the agreements, which now go to the federal Department of the Interior for its approval. -- 4/14/15