Supporters Target Block on Web
Journal Staff Report
28, 2008 (Albuquerque Journal)
supporters of Rick Lass, the Green Party nominee for northern New Mexico's
Public Regulation Commission seat, have released two Internet videos using
satire — and old music — to go after Democratic candidate Jerome Block
“When the clock strikes one, two o'clock,
there's gonna be another scandal from Jerome Block,” sings Santa Fe performer
Jim Terr to the tune of Bill Haley's old
rock 'n' roll hit, “Rock Around the Clock.”
As headlines from newspaper articles about
Block go by on the screen, Terr sings about Block “paying some band that
hadn't really shown” — a reference to Block misreporting a $2,500 campaign
payment to country-western group that includes San Miguel County Clerk
Paul Maez (the county's top election official) for a campaign rally performance
that never took place.
“Falsified payments, fake reports, around
these parts that's all in sport,” Terr sings.
Block and his campaign spokesman did not
return calls and an e-mail from the Journal seeking reaction. The ads
by Democrats for Lass are the first video salvos of the increasingly high-profile
The Secretary of State's Office has proposed
that Block pay $11,000 in fines and return $10,000 in taxpayer-financed
public campaign money for violation of campaign finance rules.
The second ad uses the old Brenda Lee hit
“I'm Sorry” as a soundtrack as various people — including former state
Democratic Party chairman Earl Potter and former long-time Democratic
state Rep. Max Coll of Santa Fe — say that they are “sorry” but that they
support the Green Party's Lass over Democrat Block.
Bernie Logue Y Perea, who organized the
Democrats For Rick Lass PAC, said he, Potter and Terr wanted go after
Block “in a fun way” with the videos.
Block has accused Democrats for Lass of
violating campaign finance laws because of contributions of as much as
$2,000 that were made to the PAC.
Block cited a state statute that limits
candidates from accepting more than $500 from a “person.” But Potter has
noted the PAC is not bound by the same rules as a candidate.
The PAC's videos have been posted on YouTube
and on the Democrats for Lass Web site, dems4lass.com