Independent Source PAC - Phone (505) 250-0244 - 11024 Montgomery Blvd. NE # 128 - Albuquerque, NM 87111
Independent Source PAC
Protecting working families by investigating and exposing the actions, agendas, and hypocrisy of the political Right.
Ms. Carol K.O. LeeSpecial Agent in ChargeFederal Bureau of Investigation4200 Lueking Park Ave NEAlbuquerque, NM 87107By Fax: (505) 889-1770RE: Additional Information Pertaining to Request for Criminal Investigation into “Pay to Play”and “Bid Rigging”Dear Ms. Lee:On November 21, 2011 we submitted a written request to the US Attorney’s Office asking for aninvestigation into the selection process involving the award of a contract by the State of New Mexico to theDowns at Albuquerque. On December 6, 2011 Kenneth Gonzales, the US Attorney for New Mexico, sent aletter stating that the request had been forwarded to your office. This letter is to provide additional informationto your office that has been developed through our investigation since the initial request was made to the USAttorney.
William C. Windham and John Turner, the Louisiana based majority co-owners of the Downs atAlbuquerque contributed an additional $10,000 (on top of the $70,000 listed in the letter requesting aninvestigation) to Susana Martinez
after she was elected governor
and prior to the bidding process for the 25-year contract worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
These contributions were made through a corporation
Brazos Land & Cattle, Ltd. Co.
-- $5,000 on12/30/10 and $5,000 to SusanaPac in May 2011 (less than three months prior to the bid process).
Windham and Turner operate Turner Windham, LLC, a Louisiana based company who received “freeand clear” ownership of Brazos Land & Cattle, Ltd. Co., through a bankruptcy court order in Louisiana onAugust 19, 2010. (In Re Debtor: Harold L. Rosbottom Jr. US Bankruptcy Court Western Dist. Of LouisianaShreveport case 09-11674).
As of December 9, 2011, neither Windham nor Turner’s names were listed in the New Mexico PRCcorporations database as owning or operating Brazos Land & Cattle, Ltd. Co.
Charles “Chuck” Gara, (who Martinez hired in February 2011 to a $91.998 per year position with her administration and who had contributed $1500 to Darren White a member of the Downs bidding team’scongressional bid) one of three RFP evaluators personally selected by Susana Martinez, scored the Downs atAlbuquerque
a maximum score of 300 for Managerial Expertise
. He gave them a perfect score despite thefollowing widely known information:
The Downs at Albuquerque management had only recently come off of
a one-year probation
due to a settlement agreement reached with the NM Racing Commission implemented in March2010 for
failure to release purse money
for certain races.
The New Mexico Gaming Commission has substantiated over 10 complaints against theDowns at Albuquerque management for
“committing an unsuitable method of operation”
for violating board rules”
. In March 2011, the Downs signed a settlement agreement with the GamingCommission that included a $5,000 fine on top of a 2007 settlement agreement that carried a $20k fine.
The New Mexico Horseman’s Association cautioned against awarding a contract to the Downsmanagement team,
“to the same group that has overseen the deterioration of the existing facility.”