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Posted: Monday, March 3, 2014 9:45 pm | Updated: 1:19 am, Tue Mar 4, 2014.

A couple of privately financed City Council candidates in District 2 spent the final days before Santa Fe’s municipal election — and portions of their modest campaign war chests — battering opponents with attack ads, including one that claims women elected to office “are more honorable and ethical” than men.

Meanwhile, a final pre-election round of required campaign finance reports filed with the City Clerk’s Office reflected an additional $7,745 in spending by the independent expenditure nonprofit Working America in support of mayoral candidate Javier Gonzales. The money was spent to bring paid canvassers from Albuquerque to Santa Fe, including the cost of rental vans and gasoline.

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4 comments:

  • Pierce Knolls posted at 8:31 am on Tue, Mar 4, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1662

    So the shadowy power-brokers controlling the unions and PACs so far have spent $61,027 to get Javier Gonzales elected? That's more than he received from taxpayers for public financing! Considering that, is there any reason to think that Javier is less beholden to these pseudo-Machiavellian puppet masters who are pumping all this outside cash into his campaign than he is to us common taxpayers?

     
  • Mary Bonney posted at 8:29 am on Tue, Mar 4, 2014.

    mary b Posts: 23

    Thank you for the article. I told the truth about these two candidates AND I contacted Rad about this mailer before it went out. My words to him were that if he won I would be supportive but that the actions of this task force (meetings I witnessed) were damaging to the school. That task force, assembled because a few wealthy neighbors of his, forced the school to remove classrooms from the building plan. And the elitist commentary, that included insulting comments about "bussing those kids" to 'our' neighborhood were unkind and not in the best interest of the school. Children's needs come first, and it was evident that this task force was not concerned about that. I have spoken the truth and I stand behind it. And to define this as an attack, when the truth is that I contacted him personally prior to the mail out, is testament to my intentions and integrity. As a parent and advocate, I will defend children and their best interests FIRST and always. Thank you.

     
  • Jeff E Green posted at 7:28 am on Tue, Mar 4, 2014.

    Jeff E Green Posts: 111

    On top of his failure to come clean and take responsibility for his record in Espanola (see below) council candidate Maestas still has not apologized to the taxpayers and voters of Santa Fe for his violations of Santa Fe's Public Campaign Finance Code. This is behavior unbecoming of an elected leader in the City Different. He is the only candidate in any race in the 2014 municipal election found guilty by the Ethics and Campaign Review Board of campaign violations. That was for failure to disclose illegal and excessive campaign spending. Do you think this candidate would be a "front-runner" without the unfair and dishonest advantage he used to qualify for public financing, which fortunately another candidate was vigilant to spot and report?

     
  • Jeff E Green posted at 7:03 am on Tue, Mar 4, 2014.

    Jeff E Green Posts: 111

    Why does Joseph Maestas continue to abdicate responsibility for his actions? He claims he inherited Espanola's financial and environmental problems, but he was on Espanola City Council for 6 years before he became Mayor. His failure to solve those problems is evidence of either incompetence or lack of concern, or both. That financial mismanagement is what State Auditor Hector Balderas said in 2010 is "the worst situation I've ever seen." Unbelievable but true, Espanola was even fined over $100,000 by the IRS for non-reporting in 2009/10. Santa Fe needs ethical and progressive leadership on City Council, not a career politician who can't seem to follow the law.

     
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