- Associated Press - Friday, September 25, 2015

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico’s secretary of state is assuring state residents that her office can fairly enforce campaign finance laws despite the fraud, embezzlement and other criminal charges pending against her.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (https://bit.ly/1Jtn1yj ) Dianna Duran has pleaded not guilty to 64 charges relating to allegations that she funneled campaign donations into personal banking accounts and falsified campaign finance reports.

In the wake of the allegations against Duran, three legislators are accused of having irregularities in their campaign finance statements. The complaints brought by the legislators’ political opponents are being reviewed by Duran’s office.

While Duran says her office can handle the cases appropriately, Common Cause New Mexico spokeswoman Heather Ferguson says the public will still be skeptical.

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