August 15, 2014 •
New Mexico Secretary of State Revises Requirements for King’s Contributions
Secretary of State Dianna Duran has dropped an effort to force Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gary King to return $10,900 in campaign contributions. Initially, Duran claimed the contributions violated campaign finance limits because donors were attempting to give for both the primary and general election after the date of the primary election.
In a letter to King, Duran updated her position by stating the questionable contributions were permissible as long as King shows the post-primary contributions were used to retire debt from the primary election. Duran also expects King to provide statements from the contributors indicating part of their contributions were intended to help with the candidate’s primary debt.
The decision will likely make moot a legal action King filed against Duran set for hearing by the state Supreme Court.
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