Current Open Positions with the DPMC

The Democratic Party of McKinley County is looking to strengthen the leadership team across the county. If you are interested in participating there are a large number of roles that need to be filled.

Open Positions:

If you are interested in any of these positions contact Cas Hoefman at (312) 607-0740 or by e-mail at cashoefman@mckinleydemocrats.org

WE NEED VOLUNTEERS FOR THE GALLUP CEREMONIAL PARADE & VOTER OUTREACH!

Saturday, August 11, 2018 @ 8:30 a.m.

Ceremonial Parade Walkers meet at the Aztec Theater@ 915 West Aztec Ave. Gallup, NM.  Look for Michelle Lujan Grisham banner.

Note: You can wear traditional Native American attire, rodeo attire or uniform.

Saturday, August 11, 2018 @ 8:00 a.m.

Gallup Flea Market need 2 volunteers for 8:00 am to 11:00 am Shift and 11:00 am to 2:00 pm Shift.  Volunteers will be getting “Commit to Vote Democrat in 2018” cards filled out by Democratic supporters.

For more information contact:

Charmaine Jackson
Navajo Nation Field Organizer
Democratic Party of New Mexico
Phone: (505) 357-7561
Email: charmaine@nmdemocrats.org

Changes in Meeting Schedule

Going forward the Democratic Party of McKinley County will have the following meeting schedule.

1st Tuesday of each month, online meeting by phone. Details can be found here.

3rd Tuesday of each month, in person meeting at the Red Mesa Center. Details can be found here.

‘Burque Bucks’ campaign clears first hurdle

Albuquerque voters are one step closer to voting on a change to the city charter that would increase city funds to some municipal candidates.

At a press conference outside city hall on Tuesday, a coalition of local non-profits announced they collected nearly 28,000 petition signatures aimed at getting a public finance voucher program on the general election ballot in November. The proposed program, called Democracy Dollars and more recently dubbed Burque Bucks, would provide each Albuquerque resident a $25 voucher to contribute to the publicly-financed candidate of their choice.

Former state senator Dede Feldman is a proponent of the proposal. The Albuquerque Democrat said political races get bogged down in high-spending corporations and political special interest groups. She said the vouchers would favor individual voters over those groups when it comes to influence.

“Our intent here is to close, what I call, the influence gap,” Feldman said.

New Mexico Working Families Party State Director and former Albuquerque city councilor Eric Griego said the program would ensure that candidates who choose not to accept private donations can “be as competitive as those who do take that private money.”

“What Democracy Dollars is really about is leveling that playing field,” Griego said.

As  a city councilor he helped create the city’s original public financing program in 2005. The original program included a fund-matching component that gave additional money to publicly-financed candidates who were up against privately-funded opponents with more money. In 2011 the U.S. Supreme Court deemed matching funds unconstitutional.

But the city’s original matching program is part of the reason Burque Bucks won’t need a tax increase for funding. According to the campaign’s website, the city already has $3 million fund originally set up to pay for the now-defunct matching program. That money, called the Open and Ethical Elections Fund, is also earmarked for the already-existing public financing program.

In 2009, all three Albuquerque mayoral candidates used public financing, including eventual winner Richard Berry. By 2013, Berry opted not to run a publicly-financed campaign and raised about $800,000 in cash donations.

In 2017 only one mayoral candidate, Mayor Tim Keller, ran his campaign on public money. But, an Albuquerque election ethics board decided that Keller’s campaign violated the provision by accepting checks as in-kind, or goods and services, contributions. Other candidates in 2017 said qualifying for public financing and trying to compete against privately-funded candidates made running for office too difficult. Still, even including in-kind contributions, Keller raised less than half a million dollars whereas his opponent in the runoff election, Dan Lewis, raised more than $800,000 in cash and in-kind donations, combined.

Under the Burque Bucks proposal, publicly-financed candidates could receive up to double the amount they would normally receive, depending on how many residents allocate their vouchers to them.

The proposal cannot go to voters until the Albuquerque city clerk qualifies petition signatures submitted and the Bernalillo County Commission approves ballot space for the November election.

NM Republicans Complicit in Missing Family Reunification Deadline

Just now, the Trump Administration admitted 700 children remain in custody, separated from their parents, having failed to meet a court-ordered deadline to reunite children ripped from their parents at the border under Trump and Attorney General Sessions’ “zero-tolerance” policy.

“Today’s deadline has come and New Mexico Republicans have failed the test once again. The Trump Administration’s zero-humanity policy will go down in history as one of the worst moral atrocities, not only for this administration, but in our country’s history,” said Marg Elliston, Chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. “Susana Martinez applauded this policy and Steve Pearce, Mick Rich, and Janice Arnold-Jones all responded with mealy-mouthed, half-hearted concern for the families the Trump Administration broke apart. New Mexicans and the families still incarcerated, separated, and suffering in detention deserve better than these cowards.”

Following his weak response to Trump’s inhumane zero-tolerance policies, Steve Pearce told a right-wing radio host that he “didn’t want to stick the President in the eye about it” with his statement, and parroted administration lies that the Flores agreement requires family separation. Pearce said unenthusiastically: “we made a comment, we didn’t want to stick the President in the eye about it but we made comment that separating kids from their parents is rarely a good idea. […] The Flores consent decree literally says that’s what has to be done.” [KKOB 6/25/2018]

Wayne Johnson Illegally Dips Into Auditor Campaign Cash To Pay Wife For Extravagant Mayoral Campaign Party; Law Enforcement Referral Made for Wannabe AG Michael Hendricks’ Illegal Conduct

Contact: Joel Kasnetz
joel@nmdemocrats.org
(505) 750-0140

New Mexicans have had it with the Republican crime spree. Yesterday, the Democratic Party of New Mexico filed an official campaign finance complaint against the campaign of Wayne Johnson, Republican candidate for State Auditor. According to campaign finance reports, Johnson paid his own wife $1,640.23 out of funds solicited for his state auditor campaign to illegally cover his extravagant election night party for his failed Albuquerque Mayoral campaign. According to this report, the expense was incurred on 10/3/2017, before Johnson announced his candidacy for State Auditor. This is illegal, according to the New Mexico Campaign Practices Act.

That’s only one lowlight from the continued New Mexico Republican crime spree. Just last week, it was revealed that Republican Attorney General candidate Michael Hendricks concealed campaign donors and an illegal campaign loan.

And this isn’t even Wayne Johnson’s first infraction. He faces a sanction and fine from the Bernalillo County Code of Conduct Review Boardfor illegal campaign contributions.

But wait, there’s more: NM Attorney General Hector Balderas has brought multiple corruption charges against Governor Martinez’s former top cabinet secretary Demesia Padilla. The Attorney General is also pursuing Rep. Monica Youngblood’s aggravated DWI and credible accusations that she tried to use her position to try and wriggle out of the charges. In addition, Secretary of State candidate drop-out JoHanna Cox is still facing malpractice lawsuits(including one from a strip club she represented) and filed exceptionally sloppy campaign finance reports. And we can’t forget Pat Lyonssuspicious land deals.

This is, unfortunately, just 2018 in Susana Martinez’s New Mexico.

“The New Mexico Republican crime spree is out of control,” said Marg Elliston, Chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. “Susana Martinez has let her cronies wreak havoc on New Mexico and Wayne Johnson’s disregard for the law is just one symptom of the swampy way she’s run New Mexico for 8 years. One thing’s for sure, Wayne Johnson and many of his fellow Republicans need to leave the campaign trail to resolve their lawsuits, ethics charges, and DWIs.”

See the complaint as submitted:

Wannabe AG Hendricks Breaks The Law. Again.

Albuquerque, NM – This morning, DPNM Chairwoman Marg Elliston issued the following statement regarding the outrageous campaign violations and the illegal, backdated, and potentially fraudulent concealment of a $50,000 contribution by and from the NM GOP’s wannabe AG candidate, Michael Hendricks.

“Michael Hendricks continues to violate campaign finance rules and laws, this time blatantly concealing a $50,000 illegal campaign contribution from his own immigration law firm for over six months,” said Marg Elliston, Chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. “The chief law enforcement officer of the State of New Mexico enforces the law, so it’s shameful that Michael Hendricks can’t even follow the simplest of New Mexico laws. If he can’t get his own finance records right, how can he enforce our state’s laws? There needs to be an investigation into this potential fraud against New Mexicans.”

DPNM will be filing yet another complaint with the appropriate authorities today regarding the ’ latest legal violations by Michael Hendricks, his Salt Lake City, Utah-based campaign consultant, and treasurer for their disgraceful conduct.

Background:

Every campaign finance filing day is frankly humiliating for Michael Hendricks and his troubled campaign. This month, Hendricks reported an additional $50,000 contribution from his firm, Hendricks Law, which is in violation of the NM Campaign Practices Act.  This donation should have been listed as a loan, otherwise the maximum he could have received from Hendricks Law is $11,000. The report also contains likely duplicate contributions from Mr. James Hall of Los Alamos.

It is also concerning that Hendricks did not report a $50,000 loan he made to his campaign on 10/3/17 until yesterday.

Deportation Airline Bankrolling Steve Pearce’s Campaign

New Mexico In-Depth just revealed that Republican gubernatorial nominee Steve Pearce has taken $31,500 from former Republican Party of New Mexico Chair Allen Weh, his wife Rebecca, and CSI Aviation, their business which has had “hundreds of millions of dollars in contracts with [ICE’s] office of Detention Compliance and Removal,” and currently has similar contracts with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that may include the transportation of undocumented children around the country.

“We already knew that Allen Weh was making big bucks farming the federal government.  Now we know that those profits are coming from deportations of kids and families and he’s funneling some of those profits directly into Steve Pearce’s campaign. Is this why Steve Pearce was silent for so long as Trump tore children out of the arms of their families at the border and why he wants to deport DREAMers?” said Marg Elliston, Chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. “If he has any respect for New Mexicans, Steve Pearce will give back the money from Deportation Air immediately.”

Pearce wants to forcibly deport New Mexico’s DREAMers.

2013: Pearce voted to begin the deportation of 800,000 DREAMers and votedagainst protections for DREAMers serving in the military.

Unsurprisingly, he also opposes a pathway to citizenship for them.

Pearce does not support a pathway to citizenship for New Mexico’s 6,000 DREAMers.

He admits that makes him even more anti-immigrant than Donald Trump.

Pearce: “We’re also not going to give citizenship. So, it falls short of that. The president has said that he will go further than I would, he would go up to a pathway.” [Pearce at Western New Mexico University, 2/5/18]

When confronted by his DREAMer constituents, he runs away.

CONG. STEVE PEARCE DUCKS AND RUNS FROM DREAMERS IN ALBUQUERQUE

He can’t sympathize with DREAMers too much because there are “lots of people in the world with more tragic stories”…

Pearce said that “most or all” who want a path to citizenship “should return home and get in line,” and that while he sympathizes with DREAMers, there are “lots of people in the world with more tragic stories.”  [Farmington Daily Times, 7/16/13]

…But he can sympathize with Donald Trump for calling much of the rest of the world “shithole countries”

CNN: “Trump decries immigrants from ‘shithole countries’ coming to US”

Pearce, 1/12/18: “Now myself, I go and I talk to the Republican Congressmen and women from New York and I just say, ‘what’s, what’s going on here?’ And they say, ‘Oh, he’s one of those Queens guys. Like one of those Lea County Guys. You know, that’s just the way they are. They just talk like that. They just do stuff like that.’”