The state Attorney General's Office announced Wednesday it has been cleared of alleged ethics violations filed in the summer.

The office said in a news release accusations against Attorney General Hector Balderas were unfounded before the State Ethics Commission and the Office of the State Auditor. Previously the state Supreme Court Disciplinary Board rejected the allegations.

The complaints were made by New Energy Economy of Santa Fe and some other organizations. One accusation involved the fact that a friend of Balderas, attorney Marcus Rael of Albuquerque, has won numerous contracts for work for the Attorney General's Office.

Another involved Rael's hiring at $400 an hour this year by Iberdrola, a Spanish company with which Public Service Company of New Mexico hopes to merge. Balderas gave his support for the merger in the spring. The Public Regulation Commission's hearing examiner found Rael's hiring by Iberdrola was a conflict and said Rael should cease that work.

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Chris Mechels

Was the Balderas action corrupt; of course. That doesn't mean it was illegal, and actionable. We really need to be more careful about the Attorney General's office, as it has become a place for political hacks, such as Balderas, King, and Madrid who use d the AG office to prepare for higher offices. The AG should be an attorney who enforces the public right to know; IPRA, OMA and the Rules Act, and prosecutes police crime, such a the killing of Ellis and Jeanette Anaya. We no longer have the Rule of Law in New Mexico, instead its the Lust for Power. The AG office must become a vehicle for restoring the Rule of Law in New Mexico, not just another political office.

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