State lawmaker cleared of ethics complaint

Sarah Maestas Barnes

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – New Mexico Secretary of State Brad Winter has determined that a republican state representative did not violate any campaign laws.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Winter announced in a letter dated Sept. 30 that Rep. Sarah Maestas Barns, R-Albuquerque, made the appropriate changes to her financial disclosure forms and therefore did not warrant any penalties.

The state Democratic Party had alleged that Barnes failed to disclose a $91,000 annual deal her husband has to rent space to the state Human Services Department. In Barnes’s first two financial disclosure forms she did not include the agreement, which would have been listed under a questions asking it the elected official or their spouse has provided good to services to a state agency.

Barnes filed a corrected financial disclosure in August.

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