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Ethics Complaint Against AG Balderas

July 23, 2021 – The Line panel explores the ethics complaint filed against Attorney General Hector Balderas over his handling of a proposed merger for the Public Service Company of New Mexico. Avangrid, the company looking to acquire PNM, hired Marcus Rael, Jr., who is a close friend and frequent contract attorney for Balderas. The Line also looks at the balance of such deals, which are supposed to weigh the costs and benefits to shareholders against those of ratepayers. 

Host: Gene Grant 

Line Guests: 
Inez Russell Gomez, editorial page editor, Santa Fe New Mexican 
Serge Martinez, UNM Law School  
Diane Snyder, former state senator 

For More Information: 

New Mexico attorney general accused of violating state ethics laws in negotiating utility merger Searchlight New Mexico 

Watchdogs file complaint against New Mexico attorney general –Santa Fe New Mexican 

Image-building is a big, expensive process in PNM-Avangrid merger effort – Santa Fe New Mexican