Republican Party of New Mexico Files Complaint Against Senator Daniel Ivey-Soto for Violation of Government Conduct Act
Albuquerque, NM – The Republican Party of New Mexico filed a complaint against Senator Daniel Ivey-Soto for on-going violations of the Government Conduct Act.
Before being elected to the State Senate, Ivey-Soto served as a lobbyist for the New Mexico County Clerks Affiliate, and is currently under contract with several counties for “professional services” while serving as Senator. Ivey-Soto regularly sponsors and supports bills relevant to the interests of his county clients, in clear violation of the Government Conduct Act.
“Ivey-Soto is getting paid by New Mexico counties while representing their interests and doing their bidding in the Senate,” said Republican Party of New Mexico Chairman Debbie Maestas. “The bills that Ivey-Soto supports and sponsors directly line up with the interests of the counties he has as clients, which is expressly forbidden by the Government Conduct Act. The voters of SD 15 deserve a Senator who will represent their interests, not the interests of his professional clients.”
Infamously, Ivey-Soto killed a bill creating an ethics commission this past session because he wanted legislators like himself exempt from its jurisdiction.
“Considering the unethical dealings Ivey-Soto is involved with, it’s no surprise that Ivey-Soto would want himself exempt from the jurisdiction of the ethics commission,” said Maestas. “This is exactly what makes voters across the country sick of entrenched politicians like Ivey-Soto and is one reason we need new representation in SD 15.”