SANTA FE, N.M. – A spokesman for King said Thursday the attorney general's office will look at the legal question. Republican Secretary of State Dianna Duran said her office has concluded that state law allows the governor to use campaign funds for the advertising.
An immigrant rights group and Common Cause of New Mexico contend the governor has violated campaign finance laws restricting how campaign money can be spent. Common Cause views the ads as lobbying rather than an election expense.
Martinez said at a news conference she sees no problem with the ads because taxpayer money wasn't used.