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Secret Settlements Scrutinized | The Line

1920 Line Secret Settlements

November 22, 2019 – Gene Grant and The Line opinion panel discuss State Auditor Brian Colón’s special audit of questionable legal settlements in the final days of Governor Susana Martinez’s second term. News of the settlements first surfaced in 2018. Colón says many of those settlements were approved with little examination or scrutiny and totaled in the millions of dollars of taxpayer money.

Line Panelists:
Michael Bird, public health consultant
Dede Feldman, former State Senator
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR
H. Diane Snyder, former State Senator

For Further Reading:
State Auditor Alleges ‘Abuse of Power’ in Secret SettlementsThe Albuquerque Journal

State Auditor Says Millions Shelled Out in Secret Settlement When Governor Martinez Was in OfficeKOAT

$1.7 Million Paid in Confidential State SettlementsKRQE




The Line: “Secret” Settlements to Be Investigated


June 7, 2019 – In the waning days of the Martinez administration, 1.7 million dollars in confidential settlements were made with a half dozen state employees. After a TV news exposé, the state auditor has announced his office will conduct a special review. Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists discuss this latest development.

Line Panelists:
Eric Griego, former NM state senator
Kristelle Siarza, CEO, Siarza Social Digital
Diane Snyder, former NM state senator
Harry Van Buren, professor in the UNM Anderson School of Management

For Further Reading:

Gov. Martinez allegedly hired ex-cop to do handiwork at Governor’s mansion – by Rebecca Atkins, KRQE

Martinez bodyguard: ‘There was no affair’ – by Steve Terrell, The Santa Fe New Mexican

Plaintiff: Martinez kept state police chief because of phone call – by Steve Terrell, The Santa Fe New Mexican