Messenger: Eric Burton

Candidate: Daniel Ivey-Soto

Contest: Senate District 15

Date delivered: Oct. 28, 2016

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Message type: mailer

Message tone: negative

About the message: This mailer from GOP Senate candidate Eric Burton follows a Republican Party news release claiming Democratic Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto employed a convicted sex offender and that individual runs "a sex-offender rights group" out of Ivey-Soto's office.
A former employee of Ivey-Soto's law firm was charged by the state of Arkansas with telephoning teens in that state and conducting conversations about sex. Larry Neely left the firm, pleaded guilty and returned to New Mexico to serve probation. But he successfully challenged his listing as a sex offender in New Mexico, saying that in this state the communications would have been considered harassment, not a sex offense because he didn't entice anyone to have sex, exploit a child etc. The courts sided with Neely, and ordered him removed from the list of sex offenders.
Neely does operate a group aimed at reforming sex offender laws in the same office building as Ivey-Soto's - the building is owned by a third party, and Neely no longer works for Ivey-Soto nor is he affiliated with the senator's law firm.

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