NEWS and UPDATES
10/4/13 UPDATE--PAC is now at $97K . See their campaign finance report from today here. They are buying a full page ad in the ABQ Journal on Monday, paid for by anti-planning developer and former Environmental Planning Commission chair Doug Peterson.
9/27/13 PAC NOW HAS 85K. Jerry Ginsburg has now contributed 80K to his PAC, nearly twice the money I have received in public financing. See yesterday's campaign finance report.
9/18/13 BENTON PRESS RELEASE See our press release here, "Jerry Ginsburg MFC’s Secret Relationship with Republican/Industry PR Firm DW Turner Uncovered"
9/19/13 MORE ANALYSIS: ProgressNow NM's, "Meet the secret Republican infrastructure buying Albuquerque's Elections."
9/23/13 PRESS RELEASE: Common Cause, Keep Big Money out of Publicly Financed Races
The shadowy PAC called “Concerned Citizens of District 2 ” sent their first attack mailer to voters of District 2 on August 8, 2013.  Since then we've learned the PAC is being funded by one very wealthy individual tied to special interests. Because he's spending so much money -$40K to date - the PAC he formed is now called "Concerned Citizens of D2 & Jerry Ginsburg."
CCD2 & Jerry Ginsburg has gone to great lengths to keep their workings secret and hide their Republican associations. Not only did they file their first campaign finance report late, but they neglected to report the thousands of dollars in consultant and printing fees. (These are clear violations of our City Charter which is why we filed ethics complaints against them. You can see our complaints here and here. The ethics board issued a reprimand of the PAC on 9/19 and agreed to hear our complaint).
This special interest PAC, which is supporting my opponent, Roxanna Meyers, is more interested in sinking this election into the gutter rather than having an honest debate about the policies that impact District 2. Here’s the facts:
Facts: I have never voted to award a contract to my architect firm, as their first mailer incorrectly alleges. 
I am an architect who works on affordable housing projects developed by non-profits for first-time homebuyers and seniors. These projects result in much-needed construction jobs and help revitalize neighborhoods. Whenever my firm or I have had any role in the design of a project, I have disclosed my involvement publicly prior to a vote.  City attorneys and my fellow City Councilors have consistently advised me that my disclosures and my votes are in compliance with our City’s ethics code. 
Their first and second attack mailer also alleges that I have been a roadblock to getting the Paseo del Norte interchange built. This also is not true.
Facts: The $50M that is now directed to improving the interchange at Paseo del Norte originally combined and split $50M between two projects, the Paseo interchange with an unneeded and expensive Sportsplex on the Westside. Before that money was allocated, I fought to send the decision whether to fund both projects to voters—and you rejected the logrolling Paseo/Sportsplex bond, as I did. Later, I voted to send the entire $50M bond for the Paseo interchange back to the voters for approval. The Albuquerque Journal called me and my Democratic City Council colleagues’ decision to ask you, the voters, for approval, a “roadblock.” We call that “democracy.”
Their mailer on September 7, alleges I called Jerry Ginsburg "despicable" - and that's also a lie.
Facts: I said what he's doing-trying to buy the election- is despicable, and that's very different than saying he's despicable. See what I said in the Journal here.
Their mailer on September 10 says I have not attended as many gay oriented events as my opponent, implying she cares more and therefore she is more progressive.
Facts: The premise of this mailer is offensive because it implies I don’t care about people who are gay. How does showing up to events correlate with actions? Republican Roxanna Meyers has given thousands of dollars to Republican national and local candidates who don’t support the dignity of gay people in our community. Not benefits, not gay marriage.
Even Roxanna gets what contributing money to Republicans means. On her website she says, “how you spend your time & money says a lot about who y ou are...” I completely agree.
And, of course their mailer doesn’t include the events I have attended. I was in the parade for the ABQ Pride Festival—as was Roxanna. We know that because she thanked Jerry Ginsburg on her Facebook page (see image). Jerry Ginsburg also sponsored the Los Ranchos Gay Pride Festival so it’s no wonder she was invited to speak at the opening ceremonies (and I was not).
 The city calls a Political Action Committee a Measured Finance Committee (MFC).  I abstained from the only two Council votes on contracts awarded to my employer on 8/3/2009, EC-09-486, and 8/15/2011, EC-11-495.
 On 1/17/07, I disclosed my relationship to the Greater Albuquerque Housing Project (GAHP) during discussion of bill EC 07-348, and it is recorded on City Council video. This contract was for down payment assistance for homebuyers for a project that was already constructed, meaning the architect firm’s design work had already been completed and payment made; this award did not benefit the firm. I voted on two other bills that awarded funds for down-payment assistance on completed GAHP projects. On 5/17/10, bill EC-10-64, was on the Council’s Consent Agenda and was not discussed. Council video shows I disclosed my employer’s relationship with GAHP and with Sawmill Community Land Trust (SCLT).
 On 11/1/10, Council video shows I made a disclosure and also asked if anyone had any objection or concern. Immediately following, Councilor Trudy Jones stated in response that, in her opinion, there was no conflict of interest.
 Look for “Gross Receipts Tax Bond”—the combined Paseo interchange/sportsplex bond question which failed 62% to 38%.
 I abstained from the only two Council votes on contracts awarded to my employer on 8/3/2009, EC-09-486, and 8/15/2011, EC-11-495.