Susana Martinez - New Mexico
Gov. Martinez may have hoped to hide improper political activities and dealmaking from the public eye, but now she’s caught the eye of investigators.
Gov. Martinez’s administration has a recurring problem using private and campaign email addresses to shield official business from the public. The New Mexico Attorney General’s office is investigating whether Gov. Martinez’s administration violated state law when her political advisor requested the Public Education Department engage in political research that was circulated throughout her administration via private and campaign email.
Additionally, the FBI appears to be examining whether the state improperly awarded a 25-year lease to the Downs at Albuquerque racino, a major donor to Gov. Martinez’s campaign and PAC, to continue operating the state fair despite past performance problems. Leaked emails revealed communications between the governor’s staff and lawyers for the Downs during the selection process.
- Elected in 2010; running for re-election in 2014
- Administration is under investigation by the New Mexico Attorney General’s office for using public resources for political research
- The FBI and New Mexico state agencies are allegedly investigating the circumstances around a state contract that was improperly awarded to a campaign donor