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Friday, March 23, 2012
Chavez Discusses Opposition to Citizens United, 'Elizabeth Warren Challenge' & Ethics Reforms
Following is from the elect Marty Chavez to Congress Campaign.
In an article posted on NMPolitics.net yesterday, Congressional Candidate and former Albuquerque Mayor Marty Chavez discussed his opposition to the Citizens United decision, the unanswered challenge he has issued to his opponents and strong ethics reforms he will push for in Congress.
“I have proposed an agreement to my opponents similar to what Elizabeth Warren and Senator Brown in Massachusetts have signed, in order to put our money where our mouths are in this primary, and keep third-parties and corporate money out of our election.
“After reviewing my ‘Elizabeth Warren Challenge’ to clean up our elections, both Eric Griego and Michelle Lujan Grisham refused to even have a conversation about ending the absurd influence of anonymous, unaccountable third-party money in this campaign.
“I know that New Mexican voters can tell when candidates are just giving lip service to reform. I firmly believe that we should run on our records and ideas without the interference of anonymous and unaccountable third-party expenditures. The New Mexican values that we all strive to represent in Congress call for nothing less.
“This being said, the Citizens United Supreme Court decision severely impacted the ability of individual citizens to have an equal say in our political process. I believe that one of the most effective ways in which to turn this around is to ensure the re-election of President Obama so that he will be nominating any openings that might occur on the Court.
“Very simply, money does not equal speech and I am vehemently opposed to this ruling. I support Senator Udall’s efforts, and in Congress I will do everything in my power to overturn the decision, including being a co-sponsor of his legislation, the DISCLOSE Act and the Fair Elections Now Act.
“I will also push to strengthen our ethics laws by calling for legislation that requires members and senior congressional staff to wait at least five years before lobbying. The revolving door between Capitol Hill and K Street contributes greatly to corporate influence in elections. If we’re going to be serious about reigning in the out-of-control spending, we need to start by putting more teeth behind our ethics laws.”
Who Remembers ABQ-PAC? I think Marty is calling the pot, kettle, coal, molasses, raven...black
ABQPAC, was political action committee set up after the 2001 mayoral campaign that illegally funneled money to Mayor Martin Chávez for family travel expenses, to pay Chávez' wife’s cellular phone bills and to retire, up to 10 year old campaign debts.
ABQPAC, collected monitery contrubutions from political supporters, people doing business with the city and city employees.
Bribery of public officer or public employee is a is guilty of a third degree felony crime, but no prosecutor or the Attorney General, who had jurisdiction, would even look into, let alone, investigate the allegations of impropriety.
It took more than five years for the ethics board to finally resolve all the procedural steps in finding Chávez guilty of violations of the Albuquerque Board of Ethics ordinance.
And there is this.
Posted by: Mary | Mar 23, 2012 3:39:36 PM
Marty's just unhappy because he can't seem to win endorsements from Democratic groups like the Emily's List, which supports Michelle Lujan Grisham, and Democracy for America (and Democracy for New Mexico), which supports Eric Griego. That's why he's now taken to calling them "anonymous, unaccountable third-party" groups. His Elizabeth Warren challenge rings hollow, especially when he benefited so much from third party spending by big developers in his previous mayoral elections. He never said a pip then. Hypocritical grandstanding? You betcha.
Posted by: Sylvia A. | Mar 23, 2012 4:23:11 PM
The past doesn't matter. It's what candidates will do in the future that matters. And on that, Marty has an amazing plan to get corporate money out of politics and end corruption. Go Marty!
Posted by: Ann | Mar 23, 2012 5:49:14 PM
Speaking of ABQ PAC (aka, "Marty Chavez's illegal personal slush fund", he's doing a fundraiser with Bud Dziak, who chaired ABQ PAC. He doesn't seem to mind that it'll only keep the ABQ PAC scandal in the public conversation. You reap what you sow.
Posted by: Terry | Mar 23, 2012 5:56:37 PM
Ann - I'm sorry, but that is very silly. With Marty's a) history of corruption and now b) his girlfriend's indictment problems, I find this whole thing laughable. Griego's got his own problems with his severance mess, which leaves MLG.
Posted by: Ed Riley | Mar 23, 2012 9:07:00 PM
Marty is engaging in false equivalence, glory by association, Orwellian doublespeak, and sour grapes.
Elizabeth Warren has no primary opposition. Both she and her Republican opponent in the general election are extremely well funded, and both will have outside help. Moreover, Elizabeth Warren is a progressive champion. Marty Chavez is anything but. He has always been a shill for developers and anybody else who would cross his palm with silver.
The facts are these: reliable Democratic constituency groups (which Marty cynically calls anonymous, unaccountable outside interest groups) like Emily's List, the Sierra Club, Democracy for New Mexico, and labor unions have endorsed Marty's opponents, and they will spend money to get their candidates elected. Marty has no such endorsements. Therefore, he wants his opponents to give their money to charity instead of using it to get elected. That's about as cynical and desperate as it gets.
Voters can and should reject Marty's self-serving rhetoric, and vote for the candidate whom they believe will best represent their interests.
Posted by: Proud Democrat | Mar 24, 2012 1:52:14 PM