Local mayoral candidate talk show host hit by ethics complaint

Hunt Golightly
Updated: October 14, 2021 10:42 PM
Created: October 14, 2021 9:43 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – It’s not uncommon to hear conservative talk show host Eddy Aragon talk about his mayoral campaign on his radio station, and now an ethics complaint has been filed against him because of that.

Karen Montoya, chair of the Save Our City political action committee, which also endorsed Manny Gonzales, filed the complaint with the Albuquerque ethics committee on Wednesday. “It’s a blatant violation of federal and municipal laws, which is a really big deal,” Montoya said. The complaint focuses on two areas: the first is that Aragon does not report in-kind contributions, claiming that since Aragon is promoting their campaign on their radio station, it must be filed as a contribution. The other aspect is that Aragon is violating federal law by not giving other mayoral candidates the same amount of time on his show.

“I think it’s petty politics,” Aragon said when asked about the complaint. He is the CEO of Rock of Talk LLC and says he doesn’t violate any guidelines as he gives candidates the opportunity to air with him.

“They just have to go through the formal process of submitting the request to do so and we would honor that request, we have to honor it 100%, that’s part of being an FCC licensee,” Aragon says, ” I would debate them every single day here on our radio station.

Javier E. Swan

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