Albuquerque, NM – The Democratic Party of New Mexico on Thursday filed a complaint against JoHanna Cox, an Albuquerque attorney and declared candidate for Secretary of State, because Cox’s latest finance report contained glaring errors and omissions, suggesting a fundamental lack of understanding of basic campaign finance reporting rules. The complaint was filed with the Secretary of State’s office, in keeping with standard practice.
“JoHanna Cox is clearly in over her head,” said DPNM Executive Director Joe Kabourek, “She can’t get her own basic contribution and expenditure information correct—when she barely has $5,000 to keep track of—and she thinks she can be the chief elections officer for the state and oversee millions of dollars in financial expenditures?”
Specifically, the DPNM complaint cites missing, legally required donor information, including addresses and occupations, for more than a quarter of the just 22 donors listed in the report. Further, Cox’s report lists no expenditures at all despite the fact that her campaign website states that it was paid for by the campaign. Further, she and her campaign have produced signs and t-shirts—obvious campaign expenses—that aren’t listed either as expenses or in-kind contributions.
“Whether these are amateur mistakes by an uninformed candidate or whether, as a practicing attorney, Ms. Cox understood the law but chose to ignore it, it’s a big problem for someone who wants to enforce campaign finance rules and transparency in state government,” Kabourek said.
“We are fortunate in New Mexico to have one of the nation’s most respected Secretaries of State in Maggie Toulouse Oliver,” Kabourek said. “Toulouse Oliver is leading the way in shining a light on dark money, keeping our elections systems secure and protecting voters’ personal data. Next to Maggie Toulouse Oliver, JoHanna Cox just isn’t ready for the job.”