NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – The Republican Party of New Mexico is calling for an investigation into the governor’s campaign fund spending. A conservative blog publication, Piñon Post, reports that Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham used $1,040 in campaign funds dating back to 2017 to pay her cosmetologist daughter Erin Grisham for “media preparation” which includes hair and makeup.
The Piñon Post’s editor John Block has filed a formal New Mexico Ethics Commission complaint saying the spending doesn’t fall within the scope of what is permissible as a campaign expense. After being notified of the claim, the Secretary of State’s Office says they will be reviewing the complaint.
The governor has 10 days to respond, after which an investigation will determine if there was a violation. The governor’s campaign sent the following statement:
This is a frivolous and sexist complaint by a discredited Republican operative. These routine political expenses were for the governor’s speech and 14 other events she addressed for the Democratic national Convention in August 2020. This type of event preparation expense is a common and necessary political expenditure for politicians of both parties”Jared Leopold, Campaign Spokesperson for Michelle Lujan Grisham