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NM candidate removes offer to donate guns for $100

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Audrey Trujillo, the Republican candidate for Secretary of State of New Mexico, woos voters during a campaign rally in Rio Rancho, NM on June 24, 2022. Trujillo on Thursday, September 22, 2022 deleted a flyer online campaign that offered the chance to receive a gun in exchange for campaign donations in apparent violation of state restrictions on raffles. State gaming regulators say the matter was resolved voluntarily. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)

SANTA FE — New Mexico’s Republican nominee for secretary of state has removed an online campaign flyer that offered the chance to receive a gun in exchange for $100 in donations to her campaign.

The ‘gift’ offer of firearms on a Facebook campaign website for candidate Audrey Trujillo appeared to violate a state ban on using raffles to raise money for someone standing for election.

Contacted by The Associated Press on Thursday, Trujillo said she was withdrawing the firearms flyer out of concern that it might not be compliant. She said her campaign would offer reimbursements for any possible contributions related to the gun supply.

Trujillo is challenging incumbent Democratic Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver in the November general election for the post of New Mexico election regulator who also oversees campaign finance and ethics provisions. The small-business owner from Corrales is campaigning for large-scale election changes as part of the US First Secretary of State’s coalition.

Trujillo said she was aware of the restrictions on sweepstakes for campaign purposes and simply intended to donate a gun that was provided to her campaign in honor of constitutional law to bear arms. She said the review was posted without her review and she took it down after seeing the wording.

“I know…for a fact we’re not supposed to do raffles or sell anything – it was a given,” Trujillo said. “We removed it immediately. We don’t do this because we want to make sure we comply.

The campaign flyer, with an image of Trujillo, advertised a gun giveaway in October and that, “with every $100 donation, you will be entered for a ticket. Only 200 tickets will be sold… the winner is responsible a background check fee A QR code was linked to a campaign contribution processing website.

The gun shown in the flyer was a 12-gauge semi-automatic shotgun with a magazine for multiple rounds.

Trujillo campaign manager Freddie Lopez said the campaign spoke with an official from the state Gaming Control Board to advise the agency that the gun offer had been removed.

“It was a mistake on our part, and we corrected it,” he said.

Gaming Control Board staff representative Richard Kottenstette said the agency was happy with voluntary compliance so far after an enforcement officer contacted Trujillo’s campaign manager to confirm that the notices of campaign had been removed, with no apparent campaign contributions being received.

“It was made public before that political campaigns should not use raffles for fundraising,” he said. ” It is over there. It’s not hard to find.