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Madrid Learned from Serna, Vigl and Montoya

It looks like Patricia Madrid’s learned quite a bit about illegal fundraising during her time serving as co-chair of Con Alma with Eric Serna, as well as during her “investigation” of Serna:

New Mexico’s Republican delegation on Wednesday complained to the Federal Elections Commission about a political-action committee started by Congresswoman Heather Wilson’s Democratic opponent, Attorney General Patricia Madrid.

“It appears that Patricia Madrid has violated federal campaign-finance laws that prohibit the use of “soft money” in a federal election campaign,” says the letter to the FEC signed by Wilson, Sen. Pete Domenici and Rep. Steve Pearce.

The PAC, called Justice For America, raised nearly $500,000 between May 2005 and October 2005, when Madrid announced her candidacy for Congress. The PAC spent nearly $125,000 between May 2005 and this May and has about $492,000 in the bank.

Of course, the Madrid campaign maintains there is no connection between the activities of the PAC and Patsy’s campaign for Congress despite the fact that Madrid’s husband, Michael Messina, is the chairman of the PAC. Right, and Kent Nelson got the contracts from Vigil and Montoya because he was the best man for the job.