Final ruling issued on Todacheene's campaign finance reporting violation

The Daily Times staff
The Daily Times

FARMINGTON — The New Mexico Secretary of State's Office has made a final ruling regarding the fines a current candidate for the Central Consolidated School District's board of education is facing.

Harrison Todacheene is facing a fine of $75 for filing his second and third campaign finance reports late in the Nov. 4 general election, when he was running for the District 4 seat in the state House of Representatives, Secretary of State's Office official Mandy Vigil said in an email Friday. He also filed his first report late, but that fine was waived, Vigil said.

Another CCSD board candidate, Matthew Tso, ran in the November election for magistrate judge and lost. He initially faced $4,750 in fines for filing three reports late, but those fines were recently reduced, as well. He is now facing $738 in fines.

The Secretary of State's Office can fine a candidate $50 each day his or her campaign finance report is late.

The office encourages a candidate to comply with the law voluntarily and explain in writing why he or she filed late. Officials use the explanation to determine the amount of the candidate's fine.

If a candidate doesn't comply, officials can refer his or her case to the New Mexico Attorney General's Office or a district attorney to enforce the fines.