City contractors give to ABQ mayoral candidates

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Employees of companies that do business with the city, and a few of those companies themselves, donated more than $74,000 to Albuquerque mayoral candidates through the end of March, an analysis by New Mexico In Depth found.

That’s more than twice the amount the city found in an official report submitted last week, which was required within 48 hours of the latest campaign finance deadline.

In 2007, Albuquerque voters approved a ban on corporate contributions and contributions from city contractors. But a 2013 lawsuit overturned those bans.

As a result, the city’s purchasing department is now required to identify donors who do business with the city worth $20,000 or more during the last two years, as well as employees of those donors. The city requires candidates to list employers of donors in addition to occupations, unlike the state of New Mexico, which only requires occupations to be listed.

Heather Ferguson, legislative director for Common Cause New Mexico, said the city’s regulations were aimed at avoiding the perception that businesses are getting something in return for their contributions or that employees of businesses are being strong-armed into giving.

“The perception almost of a quid pro quo where you had these vendors doing business with the city and getting contracts, it’s really hard to stay clear of the appearance of conflicts,” Ferguson said. “It’s a public perception problem.”

With most of the contributions this year so far coming from employees of city contractors, and few from the actual businesses, it’s unclear if or when there’s an attempt to influence the next mayor. Only seven donations totaling about $7,800 came from six businesses doing work for the city of Albuquerque. The rest came from employees of such companies.

Dan Lewis, Brian Colon and Deanna Archuleta were the primary beneficiaries of cash from city contractors or their employees, accounting for nearly 93 percent of the total.

But state Auditor Tim Keller led the way in number of contributions with 63 totalling $3,892.

The $74,000 is only a fraction of the $1.2 million raised thus far by 10 mayoral candidates.

And companies that don’t do business with the city contributed nearly $155,000 to mayoral candidates through the end of March.

Data discrepancies

New Mexico In Depth examined reports filed by mayoral candidates through April 15, as well as the report of contributions by city contractors and their employees tallied by city staff.

But NMID also conducted its own analysis by comparing a list of current city contractors with candidate campaign filings.

The NMID review came up with many more contributions and more than double the total contribution amount as the city analysis of contractors. And unlike the city, NMID didn’t include city employees or those listed as retired or students.

The city’s report listed 102 contributions totaling $34,445 for the current mayoral candidates. All the contributions were from employees of city contractors, though 15 came from people who listed themselves as “retired” or “students.”

Included in the city’s report were donations from some city employees but not others. Some employees from public agencies that do business with the city such as Albuquerque Public Schools and the University of New Mexico were included, but others from those agencies weren’t.

Also omitted from the city report were contributors who work for Bode Aviation, McKee Wallwork & Co., Modrall Sperling, many University of New Mexico employees and others.

City Clerk Natalie Howard said it’s unclear why NMID found more contributions from city vendors and their employees. She said she would check with her information technology department and the purchasing department about the discrepancies.

“It could be a programming issue,” she said.

Perceptions of conflict

Even an employee of the firm hired to audit the city’s elections reports was left out of the city report.

Joe Standley, a principal in accounting firm Ricci and Co., donated $250 to Dan Lewis in January. Ricci and Co. will be paid up to $55,000 to serve as campaign and elections auditor.

Both candidates and donors often portray such donations as more of a demonstration of personal rather than business relationships.

After being contacted by NMID, Standley said in an email that he asked that the contribution be returned and it was, even though it was made with his own money as a private citizen.

“Dan’s a friend of mine and our kids play baseball together,” Standley said in a phone conversation before asking for a refund. “I certainly wouldn’t have done anything that would have caused any issues.”

Standley said he isn’t involved in Ricci and Co.’s audit contract with the city.

“I just do taxes here, I don’t do anything with audits,” he said, adding, “I certainly don’t plan on giving anymore.”

Just identifying all the contributors who should be in the city-prepared list can be difficult.

More than 100 of the 2,240 contributions reported thus far left the employer category blank; another 17 to Susan Wheeler-Deischel list “NA” and Keller listed “best effort made” for the employer in 85 instances.

Here’s a look at the contributions from city vendors and employees of vendors to mayoral candidates based on NMID’s analysis:

The big contributors

Keller is the only mayoral candidate who qualified for public financing of his campaign. That means he accepted no contributions larger than $100 as seed money under public financing rules. His average contribution amount was $62, compared with $1,435 for Lewis, a city councilman and executive vice president at Desert Fuels.

That mining and energy company has a city contract through 2018 for providing fleet fuel, set at an unlimited amount. Desert Fuels executive John Mancini donated $1,000 to Lewis’ campaign.

Two years ago, Lewis asked the city’s inspector general for a review of the Desert Fuels contract with the city and guidance on the issue. The report concluded that the contract was awarded before Lewis took office in 2012, but recommended that he recuse himself from future decisions that might include the company.

University of New Mexico employees donated $10,270 in 71 different transactions to five candidates.

Summit Electric Supply owner Victor Jury donated $5,000 to Lewis and $5,150 to Colon. His company has an open-ended contract with the city of Albuquerque. And he was among the plaintiffs in the 2013 lawsuit against the corporate and vendor contribution bans.

And 14 people who listed employment with Presbyterian Health or its affiliates donated $9,040 to four candidates. Presbyterian Health provides the city’s health insurance at a cost of more than $206 million.

John Bode Sr., chairman of Bode Aviation, and his son, John Bode Jr., donated a total of $7,500 to Lewis. Their firm has contracts with the city for aviation fuel, airplane parts and a lease.

Ferguson, of Common Cause, said it’s difficult to know if all those employed by or affiliated with a city vendor have any connection to city contracting.

“You don’t want to also infringe on the free speech right of citizens. Campaign contributions are a method of free speech,” she said. Some employees are “not actively in a position where they are working toward getting a contract with the city or providing a vendor service for the city. It’s a very narrow line to walk.”

Here’s a look at the top 10 city contracting businesses in terms of donations from the company or its employees:

Lewis pointed out in an email that the campaign committee for Attorney General Hector Balderas donated $5,150 to the Colon campaign. Lewis said he and others have asked the attorney general’s office to investigate matters related to the city. “Conflicts there?” Lewis asked in the email.

Colon’s campaign didn’t list an employer for Balderas.

And as state auditor, Keller audits the city of Albuquerque and other municipalities in New Mexico. “Is that a conflict?” Lewis asked.

Get the data

You may view or download spreadsheets of the data:

The maximum contribution to mayoral candidates in 2017 is $5,193, City Clerk Howard said. That’s 5 percent of next year’s mayoral salary. Candidates face a Friday deadline to turn in 3,000 signatures supporting their candidacies. The next financial reports are due in mid-July.

Take a look and let us know what you find interesting among the first round of reports by emailing fish (at) nmindepth.com.

And you may search the vendor-related donations NMID identified here:

Receipt DateReceipt AmountReceipt Source TypeNameCityStateCandidate NameEmployer origEmployerOccupationOther Occupation
4/5/16$266.90Business/GroupKim JewALBUQUERQUENMDEANNA ARCHULETAKIM JEW PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIOKIM JEW PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIOBusiness Owner
6/6/16$100.00IndividualBrian BrownALBUQUERQUENMDEANNA ARCHULETAROAD RUNNER FOOD BANKROAD RUNNER FOOD BANKFood ServicesDEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
6/18/16$250.00IndividualArthur & Ellen KaufmanALBUQUERQUENMDEANNA ARCHULETAUNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICOUNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICOHealthcare/MedicalPHYSICIAN
6/21/16$200.00IndividualBecky BixbyALBUQUERQUENMDEANNA ARCHULETAUNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICOUNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICOTeacher/EducationPROFESSOR
7/15/16$300.00IndividualRichard CrowellALBUQUERQUENMDEANNA ARCHULETAUNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO HOSPITALUNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICOHealthcare/MedicalPHYSICIAN
8/19/16$500.00IndividualBarbara HanrahanALBUQUERQUENMDEANNA ARCHULETAHANRAHAN LAW OFFICEHANRAHAN LAW OFFICEAttorney/LegalOFFICE MANAGER
8/21/16$100.00IndividualGreta CavalierALBUQUERQUENMDEANNA ARCHULETAPRESBYTERIAN MEDICAL GROUPPRESBYTERIAN HEALTHHealthcare/MedicalPHYSICIAN
8/27/16$100.00IndividualEllen GrigsbyALBUQUERQUENMDEANNA ARCHULETAUNMUNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICOTeacher/EducationLECTURER
8/27/16$250.00IndividualCarolyn RamosALBUQUERQUENMDEANNA ARCHULETABUTT THORNTON & BAEHR PCBUTT THORNTON & BAEHR PCAttorney/LegalATTORNEY
8/27/16$200.00IndividualDavid MartinezALBUQUERQUENMDEANNA ARCHULETAMARTINEZ HART THOMPSON AND SANCHEZMARTINEZ HART THOMPSON AND SANCHEZAttorney/LegalATTORNEY
8/27/16$50.00IndividualMary ClarkALBUQUERQUENMDEANNA ARCHULETAUNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICOUNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICOGovernment/CivilSUSTAINABILITY MANAGER
10/25/16$500.00IndividualPamela Hurd-KniefALBUQUERQUENMBRIAN COLONUNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICOUNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICOOffice and Administrative Occupations
10/26/16$250.00IndividualAnna SanchezALBUQUERQUENMBRIAN COLONCNM COMMUNITY COLLEGE FOUNDATIONCentral New Mexico Community CollegeOffice and Administrative Occupations
11/16/16 $1,000.00 Business/GroupValley Fence CompanyALBUQUERQUENMDAN LEWISValley Fence Company
12/22/16$100.00IndividualRichard AguilarRIO RANCHONMBRIAN COLONSTATE OF NEW MEXICOSTATE OF NEW MEXICOAttorney/Legal
12/23/16 $1,000.00 IndividualKelly SmyerALBUQUERQUENMBRIAN COLONALBUQUERQUE PUBLIC SCHOOLSALBUQUERQUE PUBLIC SCHOOLSTeacher/Education
12/28/16 $4,000.00 Business/GroupValley Fence CompanyALBUQUERQUENMDAN LEWISValley Fence Company
12/31/16 $1,000.00 IndividualRichard T KnittleALBUQUERQUENMDAN LEWISKNITTLES TOWINGKNITTLES TOWINGBusiness Owner
12/31/16$100.00IndividualRobert MontoyaALBUQUERQUENMDAN LEWISTRICORE REFERENCE LABORATORYTRICORE REFERENCE LABORATORYScience/Technology
1/1/17 $1,000.00 IndividualKara SiegelALBUQUERQUENMDAN LEWISALBUQUERQUE PUBLIC SCHOOLSALBUQUERQUE PUBLIC SCHOOLSTeacher/Education
1/4/17 $1,000.00 IndividualJohn KellyALBUQUERQUENMBRIAN COLONMODRALL SPERLINGMODRALL SPERLINGOffice and Administrative Occupations
1/5/17$100.00IndividualAlberto SolisALBUQUERQUENMBRIAN COLONANDERSON SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT- UNMUNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICOOffice and Administrative Occupations
1/6/17$250.00IndividualPaul MondragonALBUQUERQUENMBRIAN COLONBANK OF AMERICABANK OF AMERICABusiness Owner
1/6/17 $1,000.00 IndividualJohn BodeALBUQUERQUENMDAN LEWISBODE AVIATION INC.BODE AVIATIONBusiness Owner
1/7/17 $1,000.00 IndividualSteve MckeeALBUQUERQUENMDAN LEWISMCKEE WALLWORK AND COMPANYMCKEE WALLWORK AND COMPANYBusiness Owner
1/7/17$100.00IndividualCarl AlongiALBUQUERQUENMBRIAN COLONREDW, LLCREDW, LLCTeacher/Education
1/8/17$100.00IndividualRosemary GarciaALBUQUERQUENMMICHELLE GARCIA HOLMESSTATE OF NEW MEXICOSTATE OF NEW MEXICORetail Sales
1/8/17$100.00IndividualFred HarrisALBUQUERQUENMTIM KELLERUNMUNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICOTeacher/Education
1/10/17$100.00IndividualJoshua LinkALBUQUERQUENMBRIAN COLONAMBITIONS CONSULTING GROUPAMBITIONS CONSULTING GROUPGeneral Business
1/11/17$100.00IndividualDiane MarshallALBUQUERQUENMTIM KELLERUNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICOUNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICOTeacher/Education
1/11/17$100.00IndividualOna PorterALBUQUERQUENMTIM KELLERPROSPERITY WORKSPROSPERITY WORKSOther
1/11/17$10.00IndividualDavid BeiningALBUQUERQUENMTIM KELLERUNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICOUNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICOTeacher/Education
1/11/17$100.00IndividualMartin KistinALBUQUERQUENMTIM KELLERUNM HOSPITALUNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICOHealthcare/Medical
1/11/17$50.00IndividualErnest SantucciALBUQUERQUENMTIM KELLERSTATE OF NM, NEW MEXICO PUBLIC ACCOUNTANCY BOARDSTATE OF NEW MEXICOGovernment/Civil
1/11/17$100.00IndividualJavier AcevesALBUQUERQUENMTIM KELLERUNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICOUNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICOTeacher/Education
1/12/17$100.00IndividualLisa HoflerALBUQUERQUENMTIM KELLERUNMHUNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICOHealthcare/Medical
1/12/17$27.00IndividualMarsha SouersALBUQUERQUNMTIM KELLERFIRST NATIONS COMMUNTY HEALTHSOURCEFIRST NATIONS COMMUNTY HEALTHSOURCEHealthcare/Medical
1/12/17$25.00IndividualGloria StoneALBUQUERQUENMTIM KELLERUNMHUNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICOHealthcare/Medical
1/12/17$25.00IndividualCarlos MartinezALBUQUERQUENMTIM KELLERCHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT DIVISION 3STATE OF NEW MEXICOGovernment/Civil
1/12/17$100.00IndividualTodd SandmanALBQUERQUENMTIM KELLERPRESBYTERIAN HEALTHCAREPRESBYTERIAN HEALTHHealthcare/Medical
1/13/17$100.00IndividualDeborah KuidisALBUQUERQUENMMICHELLE GARCIA HOLMESUNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICOUNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICOLaw Enforcement
1/13/17$100.00IndividualMelissa SanchezALBUQUERQUENMTIM KELLERUNM PEDIATRICSUNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICOHealthcare/Medical
1/14/17$125.00IndividualLoretta Cordova De OrtegaALBUQUERQUENMBRIAN COLONUNM GENERAL PEDIATRICS CLINICUNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICOOffice and Administrative Occupations
1/14/17$50.00IndividualPeggy Jo GonzalesALBUQUERQUENMBRIAN COLONBEAN & ASSOCIATESBEAN & ASSOCIATESGovernment/Civil
1/14/17$217.00IndividualPatrick StewartALBUQUERQUENMBRIAN COLONSTATE OF NEW MEXICO ATTORNEY GENERALSTATE OF NEW MEXICOOffice and Administrative Occupations
1/16/17$100.00IndividualClaudia IsaacALBUQUERQUENMTIM KELLERUNMUNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICOTeacher/Education
1/16/17$100.00IndividualAdelamar AlcantaraALBUQUERQUENMTIM KELLERUNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICOUNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICOTeacher/Education
1/18/17$100.00IndividualJustin BacaALBUQUERQUENMBRIAN COLONUNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICOUNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICOAttorney/Legal
1/18/17$25.00IndividualDonald MciverALBUQUERQUENMTIM KELLERCNMCentral New Mexico Community CollegeTeacher/Education
1/24/17$250.00IndividualJoe StandleyALBUQUERQUENMDAN LEWISRICCI & COMPANY, LLCRICCI & COMPANY, LLCFinancial/Investment
1/24/17$25.00IndividualErnest SantucciALBUQUERQUENMTIM KELLERSTATE OF NMSTATE OF NEW MEXICOGovernment/Civil
1/24/17$100.00IndividualKaren MarlerTIJERASNMBRIAN COLONALBUQUERQUE PUBLIC SCHOOLSALBUQUERQUE PUBLIC SCHOOLSGeneral Business
1/25/17$50.00IndividualChristine GliddenALBUQUERQUENMBRIAN COLONUNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO HOSPITALUNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICOGeneral Business
1/25/17$50.00IndividualCynthia BenedictALBUQUERQUENMBRIAN COLONUNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICOUNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICOHealthcare/Medical
1/25/17$25.00IndividualJoanna GarciaALBUQUERQUENMTIM KELLERUNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICOUNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICOTeacher/Education
1/25/17$250.00IndividualBianca SapienCORRALESNMBRIAN COLONALBUQUERQUE PUBLIC SCHOOLSALBUQUERQUE PUBLIC SCHOOLSOffice and Administrative Occupations
1/26/17$100.00IndividualSteven MedinaALBUQUERQUENMBRIAN COLONALBUQUERQUE PUBLIC SCHOOLSALBUQUERQUE PUBLIC SCHOOLSBusiness Owner
1/27/17$50.00IndividualErin HagenowALBUQUERQUENMBRIAN COLONUNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICOUNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICOAttorney/Legal
1/27/17$50.00IndividualMichael SanchezALBUQUERQUENMBRIAN COLONCOMCASTCOMCASTAttorney/Legal
1/28/17 $1,000.00 IndividualChristopher P JaramilloALBUQUERQUENMBRIAN COLONSTATE OF NEW MEXICOSTATE OF NEW MEXICOAttorney/Legal
1/29/17$100.00IndividualDavid Soherr-HadwigerALBUQUERQUENMTIM KELLERSTATE OF NEW MEXICOSTATE OF NEW MEXICOGovernment/Civil
1/29/17$50.00IndividualSonya Carrasco-TrujilloSANTA FENMBRIAN COLONSTATE OF NEW MEXICOSTATE OF NEW MEXICOAttorney/Legal
1/29/17$25.00IndividualEllen CoplenALBUQUERQUENMTIM KELLERUNM HOSPITALUNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICOHealthcare/Medical
1/30/17 $1,000.00 IndividualJohn ManciniALBUQUERQUENMDAN LEWISDESERT FUELSDESERT FUELSMining/Energy
1/30/17$100.00IndividualDavid MartinezALBUQUERQUENMTIM KELLERMARTINEZ HART THOMPSON AND SANCHEZMARTINEZ HART THOMPSON AND SANCHEZAttorney/Legal
1/31/17$50.00IndividualMaria Castaneda-MoyaALBUQUERQUENMBRIAN COLONUNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICOUNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICOBusiness Owner
1/31/17$250.00IndividualKaren AbrahamALBUQUERQUENMBRIAN COLONUNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICOUNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICOOffice and Administrative Occupations
1/31/17$50.00IndividualLeopold MoyaALBUQUERQUENMBRIAN COLONUNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICOUNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICOBusiness Owner
2/2/17$100.00IndividualSang HanALBUQUERQUENMMICHELLE GARCIA HOLMESUNMUNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICOTeacher/Education
2/2/17$25.00IndividualKate ParkerALBUQUERQUENMTIM KELLERCNMCentral New Mexico Community CollegeTeacher/Education
2/3/17$100.00IndividualGary KingMORIARTYNMMICHELLE GARCIA HOLMESSTATE OF NEW MEXICOSTATE OF NEW MEXICOAttorney/Legal
2/4/17$500.00IndividualAlesia CapponRIO RANCHONMBRIAN COLONSTATE OF NEW MEXICOSTATE OF NEW MEXICOConstruction/Engineering
2/5/17$100.00IndividualTravis SuazoALBUQUERQUENMTIM KELLERINDIAN PUEBLO CULTURAL CENTERINDIAN PUEBLO CULTURAL CENTEROther
2/9/17$100.00IndividualSteven KaestnerALBUQUERQUENMAUGUSTUS PEDROTTYALBUQUERQUE PUBLIC SCHOOLSALBUQUERQUE PUBLIC SCHOOLSTeacher/Education
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2/13/17$40.00IndividualNathaniel DissassaALBUQUERQUENMBRIAN COLONUNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICOUNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICOOffice and Administrative Occupations
2/13/17$200.00IndividualNick PavlakosALBUQUERQUENMDAN LEWISSHARE YOUR CARESHARE YOUR CAREHealthcare/Medical
2/13/17$250.00IndividualCristy Lujan-VigilALBUQUERQUENMDEANNA ARCHULETASTATE OF NMSTATE OF NEW MEXICOAttorney/LegalPARALEGAL
2/13/17$100.00IndividualWalter SternALBUQUERQUENMTIM KELLERMODRALL SPERLINGMODRALL SPERLINGAttorney/Legal
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2/14/17$20.00IndividualDarren ScarpaALBUQUERQUENMDAN LEWISHARRIS CORPORATIONHARRIS CORPORATIONScience/Technology
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2/16/17$100.00IndividualChris HollowwaALBUQUERQUENMWAYNE A JOHNSONPRESBYTERIANPRESBYTERIAN HEALTHOffice and Administrative Occupations
2/17/17 $1,500.00 IndividualJohn BodeALBUQUERQUENMDAN LEWISBODE AVIATION INC.BODE AVIATIONBusiness Owner
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2/18/17$10.00IndividualJeremy DeanALBUQUERQUENMTIM KELLERUNMUNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICOTeacher/Education
2/18/17$100.00IndividualSolaille LopezALBUQUERQUENMTIM KELLERUNMUNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICOTeacher/Education
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2/20/17$100.00IndividualRicky AdamsALBUQUERQUENMTIM KELLERALBUQUERQUE PUBLIC SCHOOLSALBUQUERQUE PUBLIC SCHOOLSTeacher/Education
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3/4/17 $1,000.00 IndividualSteve MckeeALBUQUERQUENMDAN LEWISMCKEE WALLWORK AND COMPANYMCKEE WALLWORK AND COMPANYBusiness Owner
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3/12/17$100.00IndividualBarbara FloresCORRALESNMBRIAN COLONUNM HOSPITALUNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICOReal Estate Professional
3/12/17$50.00IndividualShawn BlaisdellALBUQUERQUENMTIM KELLERUNMUNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICOTeacher/Education
3/13/17$100.00IndividualEric GriegoALBUQUERQUENMTIM KELLERUNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO CENTER FOR HEALTH POLICYUNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICOTeacher/Education
3/14/17$100.00Business/GroupImprove GroupALBUQUERQUENMTIM KELLERIMPROVE GROUPImprove GroupGeneral Business
3/14/17$100.00IndividualDiane MarshallALBUQUERQUENMTIM KELLERUNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICOUNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICOTeacher/Education
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3/14/17$100.00IndividualLindsay ShettlesworthALBUQUERQUENMTIM KELLERKESHET DANCE COMPANYKESHET DANCE COMPANYOther
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3/15/17$20.00IndividualRic WatsonALBUQUERQUENMTIM KELLERCNMCentral New Mexico Community CollegeTeacher/Education
3/16/17$300.00IndividualElizabeth Rodke WashburnALBUQUERQUENMDEANNA ARCHULETAUNMUNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICOAttorney/LegalATTORNEY
3/16/17$250.00IndividualDiane FisherALBUQUERQUENMDEANNA ARCHULETAPRESBYTERIAN HEALTHCARE SERVICESPRESBYTERIAN HEALTHAttorney/LegalATTORNEY
3/16/17$100.00IndividualDarcy BushnellALBUQUERQUENMTIM KELLERUNMUNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICOTeacher/Education
3/17/17$50.00IndividualDebbie Jo HeckesALBUQUERQUENMDEANNA ARCHULETAEXHIB-IT!EXHIB-IT!Business OwnerSELF-EMPLOYED
3/18/17$25.00IndividualMark PedrottyALBUQUERQUENMAUGUSTUS PEDROTTYUNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICOUNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICOHealthcare/Medical
3/19/17$250.00IndividualKelly SanchezALBUQUERQUENMDEANNA ARCHULETAMARTINEZ HART THOMPSON AND SANCHEZMARTINEZ HART THOMPSON AND SANCHEZAttorney/LegalATTORNEY
3/19/17$20.00IndividualSufi MustafaALBUQUERQUENMTIM KELLERCNMCentral New Mexico Community CollegeTeacher/Education
3/21/17$250.00IndividualJavier AcevesALBUQUERQUENMDEANNA ARCHULETAUNMUNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICOHealthcare/MedicalPEDIATRICIAN
3/21/17 $2,500.00 IndividualMareth WilliamsALBUQUERQUENMDEANNA ARCHULETAUNMUNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICOHealthcare/MedicalPHYSICIAN
3/22/17$100.00IndividualNorm GagneALBUQUERQUENMTIM KELLERBUTT THORNTON & BAEHR PCBUTT THORNTON & BAEHR PCAttorney/Legal
3/22/17$100.00IndividualGina ManfrediALBUQUERQUENMBRIAN COLONSANDOVAL COUNTYSANDOVAL COUNTYAttorney/Legal
3/22/17$50.00IndividualCynthia ChapmanALBUQUERQUENMDEANNA ARCHULETABEAN & ASSOC., INC.BEAN & ASSOCIATESAttorney/LegalCOURT REPORTER
3/22/17 $1,000.00 Business/GroupWestern Refining Southwest Inc.ALBUQUERQUENMDAN LEWISWestern Refining Southwest Inc.
3/22/17$10.00IndividualKevin CaldwellALBUQUERQUENMTIM KELLERUNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICOUNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICOTeacher/Education
3/22/17$100.00IndividualJane LancasterALBUQUERQUENMTIM KELLERUNMUNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICOTeacher/Education
3/23/17$10.00IndividualNance CedarALBUQUERQUENMBRIAN COLONALBUQUERQUE PUBLIC SCHOOLSALBUQUERQUE PUBLIC SCHOOLSOffice and Administrative Occupations
3/23/17$100.00IndividualAntonio PedroncelliALBUQUERQUENMTIM KELLERANTHROPOLOGY UNMANTHROPOLOGY UNMTeacher/Education
3/24/17 $2,500.00 IndividualDon KaufmanALBUQUERQUENMDAN LEWISKAUFMAN WESTKAUFMAN WESTBusiness Owner
3/24/17 $5,000.00 IndividualVictor JuryALBUQUERQUENMDAN LEWISSUMMIT ELECTRIC SUPPLYSUMMIT ELECTRIC SUPPLYOtherEXECUTIVE
3/24/17$5.00IndividualKristen BarkerALBUQUERQUENMTIM KELLERDEPT. OF SOCIOLOGY, UNMUNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICOTeacher/Education
3/24/17 $5,150.00 IndividualVictor JuryALBUQUERQUENMBRIAN COLONOWNERSUMMIT ELECTRIC SUPPLYGeneral Business
3/25/17$100.00IndividualAnn SimonALBUQUERQUENMTIM KELLERCOUNCIL OF GOVTSMID REGION COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTSGovernment/Civil
3/25/17$5.00IndividualBeth AndersonALBUQUERQUENMTIM KELLERSTATE OF NEW MEXICOSTATE OF NEW MEXICOGovernment/Civil
3/25/17$50.00IndividualSamuel RollALBUQUERQUENMTIM KELLERUNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICOUNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICOTeacher/Education
3/27/17$5.00IndividualBeau KennettALBUQUERQUENMTIM KELLERUNM QUEER STUDENT ALLIANCEUNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICOTeacher/Education
3/27/17 $2,000.00 IndividualRuth Romero-SneddonALBUQUERQUENMBRIAN COLONPRESBYTERIAN HEALTHCARE SERVICESPRESBYTERIAN HEALTHBusiness Owner
3/27/17$50.00IndividualAngelle L Dent-KingWALDORFMDBRIAN COLONAECOMAECOMBusiness Owner
3/28/17$10.00IndividualStacie OrtizALBUQUERQUENMTIM KELLERUNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICOUNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICOTeacher/Education
3/28/17$5.00IndividualWalker WilliamsonALBUQUERQUENMTIM KELLERCNMCentral New Mexico Community CollegeTeacher/Education
3/29/17$25.00IndividualEllen CoplenALBUQUERQUENMTIM KELLERUNM HOSPITALUNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICOHealthcare/Medical
3/30/17$400.00Business/GroupIPR, Ltd.ALBUQUERQUENMWAYNE A JOHNSONIPR, Ltd.
3/30/17$250.00IndividualCarolyn RamosALBUQUERQUENMDEANNA ARCHULETABUTT THORNTON & BAEHR PCBUTT THORNTON & BAEHR PCAttorney/LegalATTORNEY
3/30/17$500.00IndividualRichard DavisALBUQUERQUENMWAYNE A JOHNSONFIDELITY NATIONAL TITLEFIDELITY NATIONAL TITLEFinancial/Investment
3/30/17$10.00IndividualSebrena FigueroaALBUQUERQUENMDEANNA ARCHULETAPRESBYTERIANPRESBYTERIAN HEALTHHealthcare/MedicalEXECUTIVE ASSOCIATE
3/30/17$500.00IndividualChristopher P JaramilloALBUQUERQUENMBRIAN COLONSTATE OF NEW MEXICOSTATE OF NEW MEXICOAttorney/Legal
3/30/17$25.00IndividualCharles ComptonALBUQUERQUENMBRIAN COLONSTATE OF NM / DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL AFFAIRSSTATE OF NEW MEXICOBusiness Owner
3/30/17$25.00IndividualMark Charles StoneALBUQUERQUENMDEANNA ARCHULETAUNMUNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICOTeacher/EducationPROFESSOR
3/30/17 $2,000.00 IndividualTed MartinezALBQUERQUENMDAN LEWISMCT INDUSTRIES INCMCT INDUSTRIES INCBusiness Owner
3/30/17 $5,000.00 IndividualTom RothfieldALBUQUERQUENMDEANNA ARCHULETAPRESBYTERIAN HEALTH PLANPRESBYTERIAN HEALTHHealthcare/MedicalVICE PRESIDENT/CMO
3/30/17$500.00IndividualDavid Martinez-FloresALBUQUERQUENMBRIAN COLONSTATE OF NEW MEXICOSTATE OF NEW MEXICOGovernment/Civil
3/30/17$25.00IndividualCynthia ChapmanALBUQUERQUENMDEANNA ARCHULETABEAN & ASSOC., INC.BEAN & ASSOCIATESAttorney/LegalCOURT REPORTER
3/30/17 $1,000.00 IndividualAlberto GarciaALBUQUERQUENMBRIAN COLONUNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICOUNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICOUnknown
3/30/17$20.00IndividualLisa MendenhallALBUQUERQUENMDEANNA ARCHULETAPRESBYTERIANPRESBYTERIAN HEALTHHealthcare/MedicalNURSE
3/31/17$100.00IndividualJeanne LogsdonALBUQUERQUENMBRIAN COLONUNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICOUNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICOUnknown
3/31/17$50.00IndividualCassandra CostleyALBUQUERQUENMBRIAN COLONUNMUNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICOOffice and Administrative Occupations
3/31/17$500.00IndividualManuel C. ArchuletaALBUQUERQUENMDEANNA ARCHULETAPRESBYTERIANPRESBYTERIAN HEALTHHealthcare/MedicalPHYSICIAN
3/31/17 $5,000.00 IndividualGordon MonaghanALBUQUERQUENMDEANNA ARCHULETAALBUQUERQUE PUBLIC SCHOOLSALBUQUERQUE PUBLIC SCHOOLSTeacher/EducationTEACHER
3/31/17$250.00IndividualRobin NapoleoneALBUQUERQUENMDEANNA ARCHULETAPRESBYTERIAN HEALTHCARE SYSTEMSPRESBYTERIAN HEALTHHealthcare/MedicalDOCTOR
3/31/17$25.00IndividualJennie LuskALBUQUERQUENMBRIAN COLONLEGISLATIVE COUNCIL SERVICESTATE OF NEW MEXICOAttorney/Legal
3/31/17$50.00IndividualEbel LauriALBUQUERQUENMBRIAN COLONWELLS FARGOWELLS FARGO
3/31/17$100.00IndividualJose MartinezALBUQUERQUENMDEANNA ARCHULETAPRESBYTERIAN HOSPITALPRESBYTERIAN HEALTHHealthcare/MedicalPHYSICIAN
3/31/17$100.00IndividualJonathan RaelALBUQUERQUENMBRIAN COLONAMBITIONS CONSULTING GROUPAMBITIONS CONSULTING GROUPReal Estate Professional
3/31/17$50.00IndividualEllen GrigsbyALBUQUERQUENMDEANNA ARCHULETAUNMUNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICOTeacher/EducationLECTURER
3/31/17$25.00IndividualDominic MartinezCORRALESNMBRIAN COLONMODRALL SPERLINGMODRALL SPERLINGBusiness Owner
What the candidates say:

NMID asked the top four mayoral candidates in vendor-related donations if there are potential conflicts of interest when candidates take money from city contractors or their employers. Here are their responses, all provided via email:

Tim Keller:

“Candidates for mayor had a choice about what kind of campaign to run and I am grateful to have received a $5 donation from 6,000 local voters to become the only mayor candidate to qualify for publicly financed campaign. That wasn’t easy — it took 100 events over the course of six weeks going block-by-block to get that done. How we elect our next mayor matters. That’s why keeping big money out of politics is so critical. While some of my opponents have chosen to solicit huge contributions from special interests with average contribution amounts in the hundreds of dollars, our grassroots campaign is built on a foundation of thousands of folks chipping in a few bucks to demonstrate their belief in public financing. That’s a real difference for voters as they’re making a choice in this election.”

Dan Lewis:

“Sandra, I appreciate your question because it goes to the heart of two important ethical priorities on which I’ve personally helped lead as a city councilor:

“1) Pro-active public disclosure of personal and business activity by councilors that may create a conflict of interests or even just the appearance of such a conflict, and

“2. Implementation of a robust framework for protecting the integrity of the city’s purchases and the establishment of mandatory, continuing procurement integrity training for our city employees and staff.

“That is why I personally asked the city’s Inspector General to identify any potential conflict between my duties as a part time councilor and my responsibilities as a full time employee of a company that conducts a very small percentage of its overall business with the city of Albuquerque. The IG’s eventual findings, that no such conflicts exist, is publicly available on the city’s website.

“It’s understandable that a handful of our city employees, as private citizens, would choose to support the candidacy of a councilor they’ve worked with and grown to know over several years of public service. They’ve seen my work up close and I’m thankful for their confidence in me. If there were any other elected city incumbents running for mayor, I’d expect them also to earn the support of some city employees with whom they’ve worked. But in this campaign, I’m the only candidate currently serving in Albuquerque city government.

“My employer, Desert Fuels, operates a fuel supply division and a transport division. These are separate and distinct subdivisions of the company. 100% of my work is solely dedicated to the transport company. The company was divided into two separate divisions to create a ‘Chinese Wall’ of sorts between supply and transport, specifically to ensure my separation from any fuel sales contracts sold to the city of Albuquerque. On the city side of any such transactions, I completely remove myself from any involvement in and voting for such fuel contracts. I recuse myself from such votes according to the rules of the council specifically to avoid even an appearance of a conflict between my private employment and my duty to the public that elected me.”

Deanna Archuleta

From Archuleta’s campaign manager Heather Brewer:

“Deanna is fully committed to ethics and transparency. She and her campaign team have worked closely with the City Clerk to ensure full compliance with the City’s fundraising rules. Deanna’s donors reflect our community and her relationships—including donations from her husband, colleagues and longtime friends. As mayor, Deanna will continue to work to promote good government, just as she did when she served as PTA president, represented her community as a Bernalillo County Commissioner, and worked for President Barack Obama.”

Brian Colon:

“I am proud of my strong ties to the community in Albuquerque and I am honored by the support my campaign has received. Over the years, I’ve been fortunate to build a network of friends and supporters that work with many of the organizations that keep Albuquerque running, including Albuquerque Public Schools, Hold My Ticket, Heading Home, Presbyterian Health Services, Roadrunner Food Bank, Supportive Housing Coalition of NM, CNM and UNM.

“Many of these supporters happen to be life long friends, and I commend them for the work they do. In fact, I begin and end my day with an APS employee, my wife, an educator in the International District. That being said, if elected the Mayor of Albuquerque, my aim is to run a transparent administration that best serves our community and celebrates the good work being done in this great city.”

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “City contractors give to ABQ mayoral candidates

  1. Excellent reporting as usual, Trip! It’s important to understand ties and connections to candidates. This type of reporting gives hope that changing the culture here with time will allow good citizens, who are well-qualified and committed to good government, can successfully fund a campaign with small donations and maybe even win. Let’s hope in time it’s not who you know but what you know that transforms the leadership in ABQ and NM.

    Did you see the ABQ Journal article on 4/27/17 about “NM sees biggest drop in prime working age employment rate?”

    https://www.abqjournal.com/993908/nm-posts-largest-drop-in-prime-working-age-employment.html

    That article is well-written and explains the economic impact of our future based on our current situation today. It predicts the future. I’d like to see how our mayoral candidates address what they will do to proactively prevent the continuation of the downward spiral. Specifically re: the statement made by Mitchell where he stated: “That loss is “raising questions for the future of the labor force,” Mitchell said.”

    “University of New Mexico economist Jeff Mitchell said that likely related to the loss of jobs and employment in the state is the net loss of 9,500 prime working-age adults from 2010 to 2015 who have left the state.

    Because adults ages 25 to 54 are most likely to have families, New Mexico has had a 3 percent net loss of children ages 5 to 17 to other states, he said.

    That loss is “raising questions for the future of the labor force,” Mitchell said.”

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