Regional
1:14 pm
Wed September 8, 2010

Former NM GOP Leader Forms Political Committee

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Former state Republican Party chairman Allen Weh has formed a political committee to promote issues such as a strong national defense, limited government and free enterprise.

Weh established the committee, called For Country, with the Internal Revenue Service. It's known as a "527" organization because of the federal tax code section that provides for its tax-exempt status.

The committee can accept donations in unlimited amounts from individuals and corporations, and can give contributions to state and local candidates. However, a 527 group can't directly contribute to federal candidates.

Weh ran unsuccessfully for the GOP nomination for governor this year.

Weh is a retired Marine colonel who owns a charter aircraft and leasing company in Albuquerque.