A “rookie mistake” by Dem House candidate
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First-time candidate for the state House of Representatives Mary Ellen Broderick of Albuquerque got blasted by the state Republican Party on Tuesday (Sept. 11) after she filed a confusing campaign finance report with the liberal Democrat saying it was a “rookie mistake” and taking the blame for the error.
“Basically, it’s my bad for waiting until the last minute,” Broderick told Capitol Report New Mexico, referring to the Monday 5 p.m. deadline for candidates to turn in their finance reports for the period between July 1-September 3.
On Tuesday morning, the state Republican Party sent out a news release pointing to what it said were some 30 violations of the Campaign Practices Act in Broderick’s filing, saying, “one must ask if she is intentionally attempting to keep her big out of state, DC union donors a secret from her voters.”
Reached on the phone, Broderick said she waited until the last minute to file the report and had problems uploading the spreadsheet to the Secretary of State’s Office. “I felt like a jerk,” Broderick said, adding that “It was a novice, rookie mistake and nothing intentional on my part.”
Broderick said she was working Tuesday morning with an official at the Secretary of State’s Office to straighten out the problem and by Tuesday evening, an amended filing appeared on the SOS website. You can click here to see the corrected version.
Update 9/12: We took a look at Broderick’s filings for this election cycle to see what kind of out-of-state and union donations she’s received and here’s what we found on the SOS website:
8/30 Emily’s List PAC, Washington DC $2,500
8/29 AFSCME, Washington DC $2,000
8/27 IA of BSO and RIW local 495 PAC, ABQ $250
8/23 Conservation Voters Action Fund $250
8/20 Plumbers Local, ABQ $500
7/25 NEA-NM Education PAC $250
7/24 NM Bld and Const Trades Council PAC $250
7/23 Democracy for America, Burlington, Vermont $2,000
6/14 Democracy for America, Burlington, Vermont $1,000