Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Martinez will donate money from controversial oil man to rape crisis center

Republican Susana Martinez said she will donate $20,000 in contributions from Texas oil man Clayton Williams to a Las Cruces rape crisis center.

The donation comes after Democrats called on her to return the money from Williams, a one-time gubernatorial candidate who the Associated Press has quoted about rape as saying "As long as it’s inevitable, you might as well lie back and enjoy it."

La Pinon, the center that will get the money, is glad for the cash, but not taking sides in the gubernatorial race.

“I know first-hand that Susana has dedicated her life to fighting sexual abuse and helping turn victims into survivors. Claiming Susana is anything but a champion for rape survivors is reprehensible.” Donna Richmond, director of La Pinon.

Martinez got $5,000 from him in the primary and $15,000 for the general election. Her campaign manager said Martinez had met Williams, but didn't know the circumstances of their meeting.

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