|State Senator Mary Jane Garcia|
"The campaign funds were not transferred to my 'personal account and used for personal gain, or expenses' as alleged by Mr. Stegall," Garcia wrote. "My normal practice is to pay cash for my travel expenses while attending interim committee hearings...I do not believe my actions violate New Mexico's campaign finance laws. However, in an effort to remove even a hint of impropriety, I will reimburse my campaign fund if your office deems it appropriate."
The story is at KFOXTV.com - By Samantha Manning - A complaint was filed with the New Mexico Secretary of State's Office Sept. 10 against state Sen. Mary Jane Garcia, D-Dona Ana, accusing Garcia of paying herself money from campaign funds.
The complaint was filed by Bryan Stegall, the treasurer for Lee Cotter, the Republican candidate running against Garcia in the state Senate race in November.
"Madam Garcia has consistently withdrawn campaign funds as 'cash' from her account, paid directly to herself," Stegall wrote. "These multiple 'cash' payments are in excess of $5,000.00," the letter continued. "There is no information as to what, or where this 'cash' expenses was paid to, or for what purpose."
KFOX14 called Garcia several times, but she has not returned phone calls Read more