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12 October 2012 The Honorable Dianna Duran New Mexico Secretary of State 325 Don Gaspar, Suite 300 Santa Fe, NM 87501 Ms. Duran, Please let this letter (also attached) serve as a formal complaint against the Reform New Mexico Now PAC, John Ryan for State Senate, and the Committee to Elect Nate Gentry for improper coordination between these groups. On October 9th I became aware of a mailer sent by John Ryan for State Senate (see attached) that lists the Reform New Mexico Now PAC as its return address (PO Box 35892, Albuquerque, NM 87176-5892). The Reform New Mexico Now PAC appears to have designed and disseminated the John Ryan for State Senate mail piece in violation of rules governing coordination between PACs and candidates. Further evidence of improper coordination between the Reform New Mexico Now PAC and state political campaigns can be found in a previous mailer sent by the Committee to Elect Nate Gentry. The aforementioned John Ryan for State Senate mailer is almost identical in design and content to a mailer sent out by the Committee to Elect Nate Gentry earlier this year. Both mailers use an identical rope and knot image as a symbol for the tax loophole discussed in the mailers. Furthermore, the wording of each mailer is almost identical, with only a few word changes between the two (see attached). Here are the examples of the almost identical language in two separate mailers sent by John Ryan for State Senate and the Committee to Elect Nate Gentry: Ryan mailer “…when out-of –state corporations exploited a loophole in the law to take jobs that belonged to New Mexico workers, John Ryan stood up and stopped it.” Gentry mailer “…when out-of-state corporations unfairly used a loophole to steal jobs that belonged to New Mexico workers, Nate Gentry took action to stop them.” Ryan mailer Protecting New Mexico Jobs When the state bids out work paid for by New Mexico tax dollars, those jobs are supposed to go to New Mexico workers. But some out-of-state corporations found a loophole that let them unfairly qualify as New Mexico businesses in order to get state contracts. Then they sent those jobs to workers in other states. John Ryan stood up for our jobs and passed a law that closed the loophole ensuring those jobs stay in New Mexico. Closing the loophole could create 3,000 to 7,000 New Mexico jobs each year. Gentry mailer Protecting NM Jobs When the state bids out work paid for by New Mexico tax dollars, those jobs are supposed to go to New Mexico workers. But some greedy, out-of-state corporations exploited a loophole in the law that was meant to ensure those jobs went to New Mexico small businesses. These out-of-state corporations pretended to be New Mexico businesses to get state contracts, then shipped our jobs out of the state. Nate Gentry passed a law that closed the loophole and stopped those out-of-state corporations from stealing jobs. Closing the loophole could create 3,000 to 7,000 New Mexico jobs each year.
I have attached copies of each mailer so that you may examine their design and content for yourself. I know your office will investigate this matter with the vigilance such a violation of campaign coordination rules deserves. If you would, please confirm with me when you receive this letter and please update me, when applicable, as to the status of your investigation. Sincerely,
Alex Curtas Research and Special Projects Director ProgressNow New Mexico Attached: Mailer from John Ryan for State Senate Attached: Mailer from Committee to Elect Nate Gentry