Thursday, February 04, 2010

APS lobbyist gives money to Denish; raises questions.

According to a Larry Behrens, NMI link,
Art Melendrez
, APS' lawyer, and a
registered lobbyist for the APS,
has given $1,000 to Lt Diane Denish.

Which begs a question or three; if the money came from APS, did it first come from taxpayers? In which case, doesn't that mean that tax dollars have made their way into Denish's campaign war chest?

Both the APS and the Modrall Law Firm, for which Melendrez works, have refused to supply public records of the amount of money APS pays Modrall for its services.

Until recently, the President of the Modrall, was the husband of School Board Head Honcha Paula Maes, along with all of the conflict of interests therein. (He is still her husband, I suppose, he is no longer the President of the Modrall.)

Wouldn't it be nice if there were somewhere, anywhere, where legitimate questions could be asked and answered, candidly, forthrightly, and honestly?

photos Mark Bralley


Anonymous said...

Is there any relationship between Paula Maes & Monica Armenta?

ched macquigg said...

Paula Maes is, or was, the President of the New Mexico Broadcasters Association and undoubtedly worked closely with Armenta for years before she had a cushy and lucrative position created for her in the APS.

At one point, she admitted her primary purpose was publishing the APS Calendar.