AG fires employee who had filed complaint

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ALBUQUERQUE (AP) – A New Mexico Attorney General’s Office employee who complained that his boss wrongfully solicited him for campaign donations has been fired.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that Attorney General Gary King gave notice Friday to his chief government corruption lawyer.

King says Assistant Attorney General Chris Lackmann’s employment will end April 11 and that his office has “good cause” for the firing.

King says his dismissal has nothing to do with his complaint.

In November, Lackmann told the Albuquerque district attorney that King sent invitations to his gubernatorial campaign fundraisers after getting Lackmann’s personal contact information.

Lackmann alleged King violated the state Governmental Conduct Act by asking an employee for money.

King says Lackmann had shown interest in his campaign.

Lackmann says he hasn’t done anything that warrants being fired.

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