Even though other state agencies have forked over subpoenas requested, the New Mexico Finance Authority refuses to do so, stating that it would impede an ongoing federal investigation. The New Mexico Independent newspaper had filed two public records requests for subpoenas issued in the federal investigation of the Richardson administration and all subpoenas related to any federal investigation and the documents the subpoenas requested.
Though at least two other state agencies have publicly released similar documents, the New Mexico Finance Authority is refusing to hand over subpoenas it has been issued in the federal investigation into allegations of pay-to-play in the Richardson administration.
The finance authority also refuses to release the documents sought by such subpoenas.
NMI sought the records in two separate requests made under the state’s Inspection of Public Records Act. The first, a narrow request, sought only subpoenas that have been issued in the federal investigation. The second, broader request sought all subpoenas related to any federal investigation received by the finance authority, and all documents requested in those subpoenas.