- Associated Press - Thursday, October 30, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A state official who has acknowledged paying himself with public campaign financing for time he spent campaigning for his re-election is being told he can’t do that.

The Secretary of State’s Office told Public Regulation Commissioner Ben Hall in a letter that allowed uses of public campaign financing don’t include candidates paying themselves for time spent campaigning.

Hall had previously told the Albuquerque Journal (https://goo.gl/yCaCIl ) that he had used nearly $7,000 of his public campaign financing to pay himself and his fiancee for time they spent on campaign work.

The Secretary of State’s Office gave Hall five days to explain whether he has paid himself for campaigning. It doesn’t dismiss payments to his fiancee.

Hall says he doesn’t feel like he has done anything wrong.

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