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New Mexico’s Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s campaign paid $150,000 in settlement payments to her sexual assault accused — more than double what her campaign accepted earlier this year.

Reports in June said the Democrat’s campaign paid at least $62,500 to 2018 campaign spokesman James Hallinan, who claimed the governor once spilled water on her lap and then again months earlier that year. During the meeting, State Representative Deborah Armstrong held her crotch at her home. Election.

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New Mexico’s DEM governor defends $62,500 settlement of crotch-grab case: ‘I was focused on the pandemic’

The governor, who has denied the allegations, said at the time that she decided to settle with Hallinan because she wanted to focus on the coronavirus pandemic.

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“I was focused on the pandemic, and I will stand by that decision” [to settle] Every minute of every day,” she told reporters on June 11.

But according to a mandatory campaign finance report filed Monday, Grisham’s payout was much higher than expected. Over the past six months, her campaign paid out an additional $87,500, bringing the total to $150,000.

New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver’s office has said that settlement payments are allowed because they relate to an employment dispute with a former campaign employee, the Albuquerque Journal. reported on Monday.

Grisham campaign spokeswoman Kendall Witmer said in a statement that the latest payments were part of a settlement that “resolved dubious and various claims made by Mr Hallinan, including his loss of employment and clients after his turbulent tenure on the 2018 campaign.” The search was involved.”

As the Albuquerque Journal reports, Witmer said, “The campaign reached this agreement in 2020 to settle business disputes and prevent any distraction during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.” “Government Lujan Grisham will continue to work tirelessly for the people of New Mexico, delivering record economic growth, educational investment and tax cuts for New Mexico families – all while leading the state through the COVID-19 pandemic.”