Commissioner recuses herself from solar farm case

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A New Mexico public regulation commissioner has recused herself from a case involving a solar company that was a major campaign contributor to her re-election campaign.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports Commissioner Lynda Lovejoy filed a notice last week that she won't take part in deciding whether El Paso Electric receives approval to purchase a solar farm to be built by Affordable Solar Installation of Albuquerque.

But Public Regulation Commission Chairman Sandy Jones on Tuesday rejected a request that he also step aside from El Paso Electric's case, saying the political donations from Affordable Solar won't color his decision.

Campaign finance reports indicate Jones received at least $13,000 in contributions and Lovejoy at least $4,500 from Affordable Solar and related companies and individuals in their respective re-election bids.

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Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, http://www.santafenewmexican.com

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