It doesn’t get much darker in the annals of Albuquerque negative political campaigning. More than a week ago, a mysterious group began running an ad on the city’s television stations. The first image is of State Auditor and Albuquerque mayoral candidate Tim Keller, quickly followed by a dark figure wearing a hoodie. “Sex offender” in bold red letters flashes on the screen before cutting to a backlit child riding a bike.
Billboards later sprung up in the city.
Little information was available about who paid for the ad, which began running on Sept. 13. But late Thursday night, less than 24 hours before Make Albuquerque Safe, the measure finance committee that paid for the ad, had to disclose its contributors, the developer of the vast Santolina land project said in an email statement that he was a financial backer of the committee. (Source)