A top Republican legislator on Wednesday accused Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver of going soft on fellow Democrats while being “all too happy to vigorously attempt to find fault” with the campaign finances of Republicans.

In a letter to Toulouse Oliver, House GOP Whip Rod Montoya suggested her office’s recent review of campaign fundraising and spending targeted a disproportionate number of Republicans. The Secretary of State’s Office is legally required to conduct an audit every two years of randomly selected campaign finance reports filed by candidates and political action committees.

Montoya, of Farmington, also raised objections to the secretary of state’s push to tighten campaign finance regulations ahead of the 2018 election, arguing the proposed rules would give her too much power without the Legislature’s approval.

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