SFR's been minding the contracts
awarded by the New Mexico Spaceport Authority for quite some time for evidence of pay-to-play. Obviously, Spaceport America
has been one of Gov. Bill Richardson's signature projects. So far, the contracts have seemed mostly clean, fairly free conflicts of interest. Until today.
The New Mexico Spaceport just issued a press release that is has awarded the contract to build the airfield
to David Montoya Construction
. The contract is valued at $29 million.
However, donations made by the company to Richardson were available.
David Montoya, the construction firm's founder, donated $2,000 to Richardson's gubernatorial campaign in 2006 according to New Mexico Secretary of State records.
Pam Montoya, David's wife and one of principles of the firm, donated $1,500 to Richardson's presidential campaign, according to the Federal Elections Commission.*
The Spaceport's groundbreaking was held in mid-June.
* The Secretary of State's campaign finance web site's been glitchy for a week now, so more contributions may emerge as it gradually comes back online.