Lt. Gov. John Sanchez is under fire for using more than $40,000 in campaign funds during the 2014 election season to pay himself rent for an office in an Albuquerque warehouse that he owns.
The building north of downtown Albuquerque also is used by Sanchez’s Right Way Roofing company. Beginning in January 2013, Sanchez used the office as headquarters for his campaign as he ran unopposed for re-election in the 2014 Republican primary and in the general election on a ticket with Gov. Susana Martinez, who won a landslide re-election victory over Democrat Gary King.
“If I was trying to hide something, I wouldn’t have reported it,” Sanchez said in an on-camera interview with KOB-TV, which broke the story as a part of an investigation that found Sanchez spent more on rent for campaign headquarters than either Martinez or King.
Democrats as well as a group that has pushed campaign reforms in the state blasted Sanchez.