SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – A Democratic candidate for the state House has filed an ethics complaint against her incumbent rival, accusing the lawmaker of failing to disclose conflicts of interest in contracts between an educational nonprofit she founded and child welfare agencies.
Karen Whitlock on Monday released copies of contracts and disclosure forms that she asserts show Republican state Rep. Rebecca Dow failed to disclose her role as a legislator as required by law.
Dow says she has been forthcoming about her roles as both a lawmaker and CEO of Appletree Education Center, which contracts with state agencies.
The allegations come less than two months before the November election, and State Ethics Commission won’t rule on the complaint until voting is over.
Members of New Mexico’s Legislature, who don’t earn a salary, regularly propose bills that may benefit the industries in which they work. But the state has laws against lawmakers acting in their interests instead of what’s