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5:15 pm
Fri March 4, 2011

Duran: Martinez Did Not Violate State Law

New Mexico – The secretary of state says Gov. Susana Martinez's campaign committee did not violate the campaign reporting law by paying for radio ads urging voters to call lawmakers about Martinez's proposal to stop granting driver's licenses to illegal immigrants.

Secretary of State Dianna Duran says she will not refer the matter to Attorney General Gary King or the district attorney.

An immigration rights group, Somos Un Pueblo Unido, asked Duran to look at the issue.

The group and Common Cause of New Mexico contend the governor has violated campaign finance laws.

A spokesman for King says Duran did not consult with the attorney general before sending the letter.

Spokesman Phil Sisneros said Friday the attorney general's office will continue reviewing whether the campaign money can be spent on the ads.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.