Albuquerque Mayor Faces Ethics Complaint In Reelection Bid

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Critics of Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller have filed a new ethics complaint alleging that the Democrat violated the city's election laws by using a city employee for campaign purposes.

The complaint filed Tuesday by supporters of Sheriff Manuel Gonzales’ bid for mayor also alleges Keller’s reelection campaign illegally accepted campaign seed money from six non-city residents in violation of Albuquerque's Open and Ethical Elections Code.

Much of the complaint centers on the actions of Justin Cheney, president of the city firefighters’ union, who allegedly visited city-owned properties and asked firefighters to sign $5 donation cards on Keller’s behalf, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

Pat Rogers, an attorney who represents those who filed the complaint, said it was improper for Cheney, a city employee to go on city time to city properties in support of Keller.

Cheney did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment.

Keller's campaign called the complaint “theatrics” and denied responsibility for Cheney’s actions.

The complaint asks city officials to revoke Keller’s successful bid to obtain more than $600,000 in public campaign funding.

Keller and Gonzales' campaigns have sparred publicly over attempts to obtain public financing.