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Sun Sep 4, 2016, 04:04 AM

Legislator’s disclosure lacking, Dems’ complaint says

SANTA FE – The Democratic Party has filed an ethics complaint with the secretary of state against a freshman Republican legislator who is running for re-election and whose Albuquerque district is considered key to which party controls the state House of Representatives.

The complaint against Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes alleges she failed to report on 2015 and 2016 financial disclosure statements that a business partly owned by her husband, Harry Barnes, leases an Albuquerque building to the state Human Services Department for more than $91,000 annually.

Maestas Barnes in a statement on Thursday called the complaint “false and frivolous” and a “smear campaign.”

The complaint was filed Aug. 25, two weeks after Maestas Barnes filed an amended financial statement with Secretary of State Brad Winter’s office disclosing her husband’s ownership interest in the company and the HSD lease.

Read more: https://www.abqjournal.com/837849/legislators-disclosure-lacking-dems-complaint-says.html

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