BEN HALL – Not Qualified for the PRC

BEN HALL – Not Qualified for the PRC

 

Stuck in the Past

We can’t count on Ben Hall to bring the PRC into the 21st century.

1. “Hall served on the PRC from 2010 to 2014… But he never seemed to have a vision for the PRC then or now.” - Las Cruces Sun News Editorial Board primary endorsements (5/30/2018).

2. Hall still touts coal as a preferred source of electric power. This despite the fact that coal plants around the country are closing down because they cannot compete in open markets with renewables and gas. As recently as May 17, the Deming Headlight quotes Hall in an interview “…coal is the cheapest way to go.”

 

Repeatedly violates taxpayer & consumer trust

1. In his 2014 run for the PRC Mr. Hall used $20,000 of public finance campaign funds to compensate his then fiancé and himself.  This is what the Albuquerque Journal Editorial Board had to say about it. Ben Hall’s response to the Albuquerque Journal to the campaign finance violation was “What’s the big damn deal?

2. In 2011, Hall put his associate’s interests ahead of the public interest. Hall criticized the media for covering fellow commissioner Jerome Block Jr’s criminal misuse of taxpayer money instead of the “good news” from the PRC. (8/11/2011). (https://www.sfreporter.com/news/2011/08/11/block-removed-as-prc-vice-chairman/); (https://www.abqjournal.com/50268/for-the-prc-perhaps-no-news-is-good-news.html)

3. As a state representative, Hall consistently voted against consumer protections.  On two occasions those votes directly benefitted his own contracting business.

  • In 1989 Mr. Hall voted against HB 561. The bill included a provision that created misdemeanor and felony violations for contractors who accepted payment from customers but failed to pay suppliers. This often left customers liable to pay for the same work twice.
  • Mr. Hall also voted against the “Subcontractors Fair Practices Act” twice (1987- SB 598, 1988- SB 33) which set up common sense reforms for subcontractors on public projects. http://nmpolitics.net/index/2011/08/the-prc-needs-more-public-scrutiny-not-less/

 

Demonstrated Incompetence

The PRC will be responsible for approving an estimated $9 billion in new utility investments over the next 5 years.  Investments that consumers pay for.  The PRC is responsible for protecting consumers from monopoly utility abuses.  Ben Hall is not up to the task.

1. Failure to demand accountability.  During his 2011- 2014 term on the PRC, Hall approved hundreds of millions in utility investments without financial analysis or examination of potential alternatives. (A)  New transmission and distribution spending went virtually unquestioned, and viable alternatives to many electricity generation investments were not reviewed.

2. Hall can’t manage his own finances.  We can’t trust him to manage ours.

a. Failure to pay taxes.
From 1983-1998 there were 14 tax liens placed on Mr. Hall and his construction company totaling $356,233.89.

b. Failure to pay business bills:
From 1983-1998, there were 7 liens placed on Mr. Hall by individuals, subcontractors, and the Ruidoso State Bank totaling $112,681.59 for failure to pay for completed contracted services.

c. Multiple Law Suits:
Mr. Hall was sued multiple times from 1987-2009, including once for “Unpaid Labor,” twice for “Breach of Contract” and three times for “Debt and Money Due.”

d. Bankruptcies. Hall filed for personal chapter 7 bankruptcy in 2015. In 1998, Hall’s then-wife, Wanda Hall filed for chapter 7 bankruptcy while husband Ben was a “non-participating spouse.” 

 Notes:

  1. CCN and 440 filings at PRC for generation transmission and distribution investments 2010-2014.  Available at PRC website and by records request at PRC.
  2. Liens and Court Actions against Hall

Federal tax liens:

1 – April 24, 1998 Federal Tax Lien for failure to pay income taxes (1040)
$10,136.25

2 – Oct 19, 1992 Federal Tax Lien for failure to pay for payroll taxes
(940 and 941) $43,659.21

3 – Oct 19, 1992 Federal Tax Lien for failure to pay for payroll taxes
(940 and 941) $29,814.21

4 – Aug 29, 1991 Federal Tax Lien for failure to pay payroll taxes (940) $1,766.27

5 – Nov 4, 1986 Federal Tax Lien for failure to pay for payroll taxes (940
and 941) $43,659.21 (same as Oct 19, 1992)

6 – Nov 4, 1986 Federal Tax Lien for failure to pay for payroll taxes (940
and 941) $29,814.21 (same as Oct 19,1992)

7 – Nov 4th, 1986 Federal Tax Lien for failure to pay for payroll taxes
(940 and 941) $8,668.67

8 – Apr 4, 1985 Federal Tax Lien for failure to pay payroll taxes (940) $1,766.27

9 – May 14, 1984 Federal Tax Lien for failure to pay payroll taxes (940
and 941) $21,230.25

10 – May 20, 1983 Federal Tax Lien for failure to pay payroll taxes (940
and 941) $24,494.40

State tax liens:

1 – Oct 7, 1983 State Tax Lien for $54,695.53

2- April 24, 1985 State Tax Lien for $59,111.74

3 – Dec 26, 1986 State Tax Levy for failure to pay unemployment taxes of $791.28

4 – Oct 11, 1989 State Tax Lien of $100,099.81

Other liens:

1 – Oct 27 2007 Attorney’s Lien for $25,000

2 – March 24, 2000 Lien for failure to pay for crane services and drilling
for construction of a Fire Station $1,050

3 – March 31, 1994 Lis Pendens for $88,000 filed

4 – Jun 16 1989 Lis Pendens for ???? filed by Ruidoso State Bank

5 – Oct 19,1986 Lis Pendens for ????? filed by Ruidoso State Bank

6 – Feb 26, 1986 Lien for failure to pay construction company for labor $10,079.01

7 – May 11, 1983 Four couples filed liens against Ben Hall for $12,073.04,
$7,976.01, $1,879.15, and $9,229.79.

Awards:

Aug 31, 1988 Ruidoso State Bank awarded $41,640.04 against Ben Hall

Apr 12, 1989 Judgment against Ben Hall of $3,754.55 to Valley Transit Mix

Other lawsuits (available through case lookup application at ww2.nmcourts.com/caselookup)

Marshall Peebles v. Ben Hall for Debt and Money Due (http://www2.nmcourts.gov/caselookup/app?component=cnLink&page=SearchResults&service=direct&session=T&sp=SD-1226-CV-200900296)

Sierra Bank v. Ben Hall for Debt and Money Due (http://www2.nmcourts.gov/caselookup/app?component=cnLink&page=SearchResults&service=direct&session=T&sp=SD-1226-CV-9900218)

Simons, Evelyn v. T&P Investments et all for Breach of Contract (http://www2.nmcourts.gov/caselookup/app?component=cnLink&page=SearchResults&service=direct&session=T&sp=SD-1226-CV-94000071)

Aquatic Pools Inco v. Hall, B for Breach of Contract https://caselookup.nmcourts.gov/caselookup/app?component=cnLink&page=SearchResults&service=direct&session=T&sp=SD-202-CV-199001342  

Melton and Puccini v. Hall, B for Debt and Money Due https://caselookup.nmcourts.gov/caselookup/app?component=cnLink&page=SearchResults&service=direct&session=T&sp=SD-202-CV-198707695 

Gunter and Bewley v. Hall in Ruidoso Magistrate court for $761.25 GC complaint (http://www2.nmcourts.gov/caselookup/app?component=cnLink&page=SearchResults&service=direct&session=T&sp=SM-32-CV-9800144

Sauerman v. Hall in Ruidoso Magistrate court for $3,316.00 in Unpaid Labor (http://www2.nmcourts.gov/caselookup/app?component=cnLink&page=SearchResults&service=direct&session=T&sp=SM-32-CV-990133)

  

Other informative links:

https://www.lcsun-news.com/story/opinion/editorial/2018/05/30/fischmann-mathys-our-choices-prc-races/657966002/

“Hall served on the PRC from 2010 to 2014, and was able to make some structural changes to things like the hours that employees worked. But he never seemed to have a vision for the PRC then or now.” - Las Cruces Sun News Editorial Board primary endorsements (5/30/2018).

 

https://www.abqjournal.com/488304/prc-commissioner-hall-needs-a-little-regulating.html?utm_source=abqjournal.com&utm_medium=related+posts+-+default&utm_campaign=related+posts

ABQ Journal Ed Board: Commissioner Hall Needs a Little Regulating. “But even if Hall somehow finds a way not to have to return the money to his campaign, once again in New Mexico the public’s trust in its system of governance has certainly been broken.” (10/30/2014).

 

http://nmpolitics.net/index/2011/08/the-prc-needs-more-public-scrutiny-not-less/

Heath Haussamen’s NMPolitics.net article details numerous of Hall’s past legal, financial and ethical issues during the 2012 election. “My point is that, contrary to what Hall appears to claim, the PRC needs even more public scrutiny, not less, and the lack of examination of Hall’s background during last year’s election proves it. The PRC has been and remains a cesspool.” (8/17/2011)

 

https://www.sfreporter.com/news/2011/08/11/block-removed-as-prc-vice-chairman/

Hall defends Jerome Block Jr. against media coverage while Block was in the middle of serious legal scandals. Hall criticized the media for covering the criminal use of taxpayer money and not covering the “good news” from the PRC during the Block scandal. (8/11/2011).

 

https://www.abqjournal.com/50268/for-the-prc-perhaps-no-news-is-good-news.html

ABQ Journal Editorial Board calls out Hall for criticizing media for covering the Jerome Block Jr. ethics and legal scandal. (8/16/2011).

 

https://www.demingheadlight.com/story/news/politics/2018/05/17/ben-hall-campaign-prc-deming-luna-county-personal-touch/613699002/

Deming Headlight interview with Ben Hall

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