SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's highest court has upheld a $2,000 fine imposed on a state Court of Appeals candidate two years ago for violating a law for public financing of campaigns.
The state Supreme Court said then-Secretary of State Mary Herrera was justified in imposing the civil penalty on Dennis Montoya, who lost a bid for the Democratic nomination for the Court of Appeals in 2010.
Appellate court candidates were eligible for public financing for the first time in 2010.
Herrera determined that Montoya violated campaign finance reporting requirements and that his donation of $11,000 to his campaign exceeded a $5,000 limit on "seed money" for candidates trying to qualify for public money.
The Supreme Court on Thursday affirmed a district judge's ruling in favor of Herrera's actions.
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New Mexico is located in the southwestern region of the U.S. Inhabited by Native American populations for many centuries, New Mexico has also been part of Imperial Spain, part of Mexico, and a U.S. territory.