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Santa Fe, NM – Today 19 New Mexico House Republican representatives sent a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to promote Albuquerque's bid to host Amazon's new North American headquarters.

In their letter, the representatives cited New Mexico's location, cultural and recreational opportunities, and the presence of two national laboratories as key assets. They also pledged their willingness to work on business-friendly policies, including tax reform, as well as continued support for important state incentive programs such as the Local Economic Development Act and the Job Training Incentive Program.

Albuquerque – After Michelle Lujan Grisham released an economic outline today, the Republican Party of New Mexico released the following statement highlighting the tired, recycled ideas that have passed as an economic agenda for New Mexico Democrats for years.

"The Michelle Lujan Grisham economic plan is a collection of the same old spend-more policies that Democrats have attempted to implement for years," said Ryan Cangiolosi, chairman of the Republican Party of New Mexico. "These stale ideas are unpopular, unsuccessful, and will do nothing to move New Mexico forward. This paper thin plan is proof that Michelle Lujan Grisham's campaign is only interested in partisan talking points instead of advancing new ideas and improving economic opportunities for New Mexicans."

ALBUQUERQUE - The Republican Party of New Mexico is calling upon all relevant government agencies to review Tim Keller's practice of funneling potentially illegal campaign contributions through his political consultant in order to collect more cash in his run for mayor. As a publicly financed candidate, Keller is directly prohibited from raising additional funds, but he was caught running a scam in which donors would make cash donations to his political consultant, whose services were deemed "in-kind" by the Keller campaign. This scheme allowed Keller to pay campaign salaries and other campaign expenditures with cash collected outside his agreement to fund his campaign with public funds.

"Albuquerque voters deserve to know if the person who could be their next mayor might end up in serious legal trouble for the potential illegal money laundering scheme," said RPNM Executive Director Michael Horanburg. "The games that Tim Keller has played with the city's public finance system are disingenuous and likely illegal. Keller has made a mockery of his own commitment to public financing."

HOBBS, NM – The Newman campaign announced today it raised $316,760 in the first six weeks since entering the race for New Mexico's 2nd Congressional District. The campaign will report $311,456 cash on hand in its first FEC filing. Monty Newman entered the race on August 14 promising to fight for conservative values.

Monty Newman said, "The outpouring of support for my campaign from New Mexicans across the 2nd District means a lot to me and my family. New Mexico families are struggling and we need to continue having a strong, conservative voice representing us in Washington. I intend to work hard every day to be that voice for our New Mexico values."

Albuquerque N.M. – In response to recent calls for increased funding for the Bernalillo County District Attorney's office, Rep. Antonio "Moe" Maestas (D-Albuquerque), Chair of the Interim Legislative Criminal Justice Reform Subcommittee, released the following statement.

"We get the criminal justice system we pay for. After seven years of starving the criminal justice system, I'm glad to hear the Governor is realizing we must increase funding for the Bernalillo County DA's Office. Crimes on the books are meaningless unless we devote the funding needed to successfully prosecute these cases. The Governor's repeated vetoes of commonsense revenue increases are not reasonable in 2017 and have starved the system designed to keep crime under control. We must invest in keeping our communities safe."

Roswell – Representative Candy Ezzell called today for an investigation of OLÉ Education Fund. OLÉ, which purports to advocate early childhood education initiatives, announced yesterday that it had released a series of political ads aimed at gubernatorial candidate Steve Pearce for his position on public lands. The ads are part of a dark money effort called ‘Step Up Steve,’ a partisan attack group that is attempting to influence New Mexico’s governor’s race.

Rep. Ezzell is asking the Attorney General and State Auditor to investigate whether OLÉ has violated its charter and its nonprofit tax status by diverting funds from children’s education initiatives to pay for political attacks despite its stated mission as a grassroots organizing non-profit and classification as a 501(c)(3).

Albuquerque N.M. – In response to recent calls for increased funding for the Bernalillo County District Attorney's office, Rep. Antonio "Moe" Maestas (D-Albuquerque), Chair of the Interim Legislative Criminal Justice Reform Subcommittee, released the following statement.

"We get the criminal justice system we pay for. After seven years of starving the criminal justice system, I'm glad to hear the Governor is realizing we must increase funding for the Bernalillo County DA's Office. Crimes on the books are meaningless unless we devote the funding needed to successfully prosecute these cases. The Governor's repeated vetoes of commonsense revenue increases are not reasonable in 2017 and have starved the system designed to keep crime under control. We must invest in keeping our communities safe."

Albuquerque – The Republican Party of New Mexico released the following statement after Dan Lewis advanced to the mayoral runoff to face progressive politician Tim Keller.

"Albuquerque voters will have a very clear choice on November 15," said RPNM Chairman Ryan Cangiolosi. "Dan Lewis is a job creator who will strengthen our economy, make our city safer, and move Albuquerque forward. Tim Keller is a progressive politician who supported the job-killing sick leave ordinance that will hurt our economy when we can least afford it and did nothing to make his community safer when he represented the senate district with the highest crime rate in the state.

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