Want to peer into Gov. Susana Martinez's private campaign email accounts?
Wait until Susana2010.com expires and purchase it legally.
That's how a left-leaning political action committee claims its anonymous source obtained leaked Susana2010 emails. Independent Source PAC, run by fierce political foes of the Martinez administration, said today that the source had purchased the domain in a legal auction after Gov. Martinez officials failed to renew it. (Gov. of Puerto Rico Louis Fortuño found himself in a similar situation).
Administration officials, ISPAC says, continued to use the campaign emails--whose content ISPAC says the source owned after the purchase.
"If you buy a house and they leave a gold-plated plate," Michael Corwin, who runs ISPAC, tells SFR, "whether it was intentional or not, you get it."
Gov. Martinez spokesman Scott Darnell has not yet returned SFR's voicemail and email. He told SFR in its initial reporting on private emails between top administration officials and GOP lobbyist Pat Rogers that those leaked emails were "definitely illegally obtained." ISPAC is claiming otherwise.
The source who purchased the domain does not want to go public. Corwin says he did not solicit the source, who does not work for ISPAC, to purchase the domain or for the private emails, which Corwin leaked to the public. The governor's office regained ownership of the domain on June 19.
Using non-government email accounts might allow officials to evade public records requests through the Inspection of Public Records Act, New Mexico's version of the federal Freedom of Information Act, sunshine legislation grounded in the principle that the public has a right to access government information.
Gov. Martinez campaigned on a platform that she would deliver government away from the deal-making behind closed doors of Gov. Bill Richardson's administration. But the series of leaked private emails and, most recently, a secretly taped conversation of Chief of Staff Keith Gardner, have given political rivals red meat to call her a hypocrite.
Corwin says the administration stalls on ISPAC's record requests. Similarly the administration declined SFR's IPRA requests of private emails already widely circulated in public.
SFR will update this post as the story develops.
Update: Susana2010.com was created on July 18, 2009, according to records on namecheap.com. The records say the domain expires July 18, 2013 and was last updated on June 19, 2012. The listed registrant of the domain is a Tampa, Fla.-based IT company called Yuma Solutions.