Group Attempts Shakedown of City
The group, The Las Vegas Hispano Chamber of Commerce (LVHCC), approached the city in July with a contract proposing that the city give them $20,000 for a year's membership in the chamber. The contract represented the LVHCC as a "not-for-profit"
When pressed for evidence of the group's non-profit status, Chris Lopez, representing himself as the chairman of the LVHCC, responded by email stating that "This was a no-questions-
Lopez also said in his email that "I didn't say anything when Tonita had Manny registering voters from Mora to vote in the recall election in all my rentals," apparently referring to Las Vegas mayor Tonita Gurulé-Giró
That email was CCed to Joseph "Joey" Herrera, who ran in the recent mayoral race and who lost to Gurulé-Giró
Guidestar.org, an online lookup for non-profit organizations, does not list the LVHCC. The Internal Revenue Service's website, irs.gov, also does not list the LVHCC as a non-profit organization.
While the Secretary of State's website does list a "Hispano Chamber of Commerce de Las Vegas," that organization was founded in the mid 1970s and is long gone. Its status on the Secretary of State's website is listed as "revoked final," and not in good standing.
Since the email, Chris Lopez, in his online publication and on social media, has posted a series of stories alleging misconduct by mayor Gurulé-Giró
Manny Martinez is reported to have been soliciting contributions from local businesses in the form of $100 yearly membership fees. City councilman David Ulibarri said he was approached by Manny Martinez and paid him $100 for Ulibarri's 24 Hour Towing and Used Parts to become a member of the LVHCC.
"I am concerned," Gurulé-Giró
The matter has been reported to both the New Mexico Attorney General and the New Mexico Department of Public Safety.
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