Bill Richardson: A Bit Too Business Friendly?

Grand Jury Investigation into Richardson Donor Heats Up
The Washington Post

“A federal grand jury is investigating how an investment company won more than $1.5 million in work advising the state of New Mexico after making contributions to the political action committees of Gov. Bill Richardson, President-elect Barack Obama’s choice to be commerce secretary….

“The FBI and federal prosecutors are focused on how the Beverly Hills-based CDR won lucrative fees from the New Mexico Finance Authority in 2004 very soon after donating $100,000 to Richardson’s efforts to register Hispanic and American Indian voters and pay for expenses at the Democratic National Convention in 2004, according to the sources.”

Private Sector’s New Champion: Governor takes business friendly record to bigger stage
Albuquerque Journal – McClatchy-Tribune Information Services

“Then there were the friends of Bill. There is no proof anyone was illegally rewarded for his or her association with the governor, but with uncomfortable frequency Richardson accepted airplane rides and donations from companies hoping to benefit from state government action. Among them were Mesa del Sol developer Forest City Covington and RS Investments, a housing developer with interests in Valencia County.

“‘There certainly were a lot of instances where companies looked on favorably by the state were also making campaign donations,’ said House Minority Leader Thomas C. Taylor, R-Farmington. ‘There is a long list of those. Whether (donations were) a requirement, I don’t know. Nevertheless, there is that track record that is there.”‘