Park’s opponents raise ethical questions
Al Park, a state legislator giving up that seat to run for the Public Regulation Commission, is under fire for spending money on his campaign that was given by businesses the PRC regulates when he was a lawmaker.
That’s because it’s illegal for PRC members to raise money from businesses the agency regulates. But there’s no provision prohibiting candidates from spending previously-raised money from other races on a PRC campaign.
The story was first reported by the Albuquerque Journal, which also raised another question about Park:
“Cynthia Hall and Karen Montoya, who are running publicly financed campaigns – each was allotted $30,533 allotment from the state – also question a contract Park’s law firm has with the state Risk Management Division and how it might affect his actions if elected to the PRC. The primary is June 5.”
“We are doing everything 100 percent aboveboard,” Park responded, adding that he would not spend money raised from PRC-regulated businesses on his campaign.
Read the full Journal article here.
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