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AG Complaint RE Susana Martinez Use of Helicopter for Personal / Political Purposes

AG Complaint RE Susana Martinez Use of Helicopter for Personal / Political Purposes

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Published by Pat Davis
A story in the October 9th edition of the Albuquerque Journal outlines the use of a State Police helicopter, at a cost to taxpayers of at least $800, by Governor Susana Martinez to fly from Santa Fe to Albuquerque “so she could catch a commercial flight to Houston for political fundraisers.”
The New Mexico Government Accountability Act states:

Section 10-16-3 — Ethical principles of public service; certain official acts prohibited; penalty
(A) A legislator, public officer or employee shall treat his government position as a public trust. He shall use the powers and resources of public office only to advance the public interest and not to obtain personal benefits or pursue private interests incompatible with the public interest. (emphasis added).

While it could be argued that the governor’s use of state aircraft to ferry herself between official meetings could be in the public interest, using state resources to travel from an official meeting to catch a personal and commercial flight to attend a private fundraising event for political purposes did not advance the public interest for the taxpayers and residents of New Mexico. Her use of the state aircraft was a personal benefit not available to her absent her position as the state’s chief executive.
I respectfully request that your office review these activities and take appropriate action. Of course, I will make myself available to you any time to discuss this matter in greater detail.
A story in the October 9th edition of the Albuquerque Journal outlines the use of a State Police helicopter, at a cost to taxpayers of at least $800, by Governor Susana Martinez to fly from Santa Fe to Albuquerque “so she could catch a commercial flight to Houston for political fundraisers.”
The New Mexico Government Accountability Act states:

Section 10-16-3 — Ethical principles of public service; certain official acts prohibited; penalty
(A) A legislator, public officer or employee shall treat his government position as a public trust. He shall use the powers and resources of public office only to advance the public interest and not to obtain personal benefits or pursue private interests incompatible with the public interest. (emphasis added).

While it could be argued that the governor’s use of state aircraft to ferry herself between official meetings could be in the public interest, using state resources to travel from an official meeting to catch a personal and commercial flight to attend a private fundraising event for political purposes did not advance the public interest for the taxpayers and residents of New Mexico. Her use of the state aircraft was a personal benefit not available to her absent her position as the state’s chief executive.
I respectfully request that your office review these activities and take appropriate action. Of course, I will make myself available to you any time to discuss this matter in greater detail.

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Published by: Pat Davis on Oct 09, 2013
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