Candidates recently filed their financial disclosures on April 11 for the first reporting period of the year. While many candidates raked in loads of contributions, scandal-ridden alleged serial groper Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham led the pack by raising over $2.6 million.
Lujan Grisham is well-known for her lavish spending, such as on hair and makeup and $150,000 in payments to a sexual assault accuser — all being funded by the Governor’s campaign donors. But there were many expenditures in Lujan Grisham’s financial disclosure statement raising eyebrows.
Despite being put on notice for spending thousands on hair and makeup services provided by her daughter, Erin Grisham, Lujan Grisham spent another $400 on these services on February 12, 2022.
In December of 2021, Lujan Grisham spent at least $4,400.30 at the Taos Ski Valley Bavarian Lodge and Restaurant, booking what appears to be 13 rooms at $240.32, while spending on catering and other items.
Lujan Grisham’s campaign gave $4,000 to the far-left pro-abortion group EMERGE New Mexico, which trains radical Democrat women to run for public office. The campaign also spent $6,340.46 on “mail production” supporting the abortion up-to-birth group EMILY’s List, which exclusively gives money to female Democrat pro-abortion politicians.
On January 24, 2022, the Governor’s campaign paid a $4,200 fine to the State of New Mexico. Although it does not specify what the fine was for, it can be gathered it was a campaign finance violation.
Lujan Grisham’s campaign also spent $544 for storage units, one at American Self Storage and one at A-1 Storage, both based in Albuquerque.
Other strange expenses in Lujan Grisham’s report include $9.27 at Last Call Beach Bar in Key West Florida on January 12, 2022, $2,561.62 for “fundraiser” catering to the Santa Fe-based caterer Walter Burke Catering Inc. on March 15, 2022, and multiple expenditures to the Saint Regis Aspen Resort in Colorado on October 13, 2021.
She also spent over $72,556 on October 6, 2021, to the law offices of Freedman Boyd Hollander Goldberg Urias & Ward PA, another potential sexual assault settlement. Lujan Grisham’s office has refused to provide comment to reporters.
Lujan Grisham’s campaign received a maxed-out $10,400 donation from the abortion up-to-birth group Planned Parenthood Action Fund Inc. PAC. She got $10,400 from the D.C.-based “Elect Democratic Women” PAC.
The Governor’s campaign also received two maxed-out donations from the wife of Illinois Gov. J. B. Pritzker, Mary Katherine Pritzker, each of them $10,400.
She received two maxed-out $10,400 donations from Pattern Energy Group Services LP, a solar and wind energy company, and a red flag for a potential campaign finance violation.
Santa Fe-based novelist George R.R. Martin, well-known for Game of Thrones, donated two $10,400 contributions to the Governor’s campaign on March 22, 2022.
Despite her rabid anti-energy policies, oil company ConocoPhillips donated $10,400 to Lujan Grisham, regardless of her 2019 Green New Deal (Energy Transition Act).
Pro-mask and school lockdown teacher’s union American Federation of Teachers (AFT) donated $10,400 to Lujan Grisham.
Rabid Mike Bloomberg-funded anti-gun group “Everytown For Gun Safety Action Fund” maxed out to the Governor with $10,400.
PAC contributions include $1,500 from “Fair Shot PAC,” $2,500 from “Progressive Majority PAC,” $500 from Citigroup, Inc.’s PAC, $2,500 from “Home Depot PAC,” $5,000 from “Windstream Corporation PAC,” and $5,000 from “Halliburton Company PAC.”
Other donors to the Governor’s campaign include Heritage Hotels and Resorts with $10,400 and two $10,400 contributions that did not have a name dated March 30, 2022. There were five other contributions without a name dated March 31, 2022, totaling $38,300. On April 1, 2022, there were two unnamed contributions totaling $12,900. On April 4, 2022, Lujan Grisham received five unnamed contributions totaling $33,300.
This report is not meant to be an exhaustive list of all contributions to the Governor’s campaign. The full report, as Lujan Grisham reported to the New Mexico Secretary of State’s Office, can be accessed here.