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By Christopher L. Abeita

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King & Haaland Request Campaign Contribution

Gary King, the Democrat’s nominee for Governor of New Mexico, made a brief appearance before the Isleta Tribal Council on August 7, 2014, along with Debra Haaland, the Democrat’s nominee for Lt. Governor.

King is the Attorney General for New Mexico. Haaland is a tribal member of Laguna Pueblo. She serves as the Chairwoman of the Laguna Development Corporation. She is also the tribal administrator for the Pueblo of San Felipe where she manages several programs and departments.

The duo promised that they would be more responsive, than the Martinez administration, to the needs of Isleta and all Tribes in New Mexico. However, they were vague with details. They asked for a campaign contribution of $10,400 from our Tribe, which would be $5,200 per candidate. This is the maximum amount permissible under NM law.

Haaland told the Council that she is confident that they will succeed in defeating Martinez. She said, according to a recent Rasmussen poll, they are presently tied 43% to 43% with Martinez.

The Council did not make a decision on whether to contribute to their campaign while they were present. Michael Allen Lente, President of the Council, promised that the Council would get back to them with a decision.


By Christopher Abeita


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