January 15, 2014

New Mexico legislators rack up trips on ALEC dime

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Inside ALEC in New Mexico

MEMBERSHIP HAS ITS PRIVILEGES

Corporate backers of the ALEC have funneled an estimated $4 million in gifts to state legislators for travel, hotel rooms, and meals at posh resorts with corporate lobbyists since 2006, according to a new report from the Center for Media and Democracy.

Leaked ALEC documents show just some of those New Mexico legislators receiving ‘scholarship’ funds, and who funded those trips.  The documents cover the years 2006-2008 but provide a glimpse into the inner-workings of ALEC’s secret slushfunds.

New Mexico’s two public co-chairs, Rep. Paul Bandy and Sen. Bill Payne, control the ‘scholarship’ fund.

Notably, ALEC tracked which corporations donated to provide legislators gifts and travel from the fund and which legislators received it.  This process looks a lot like  contributions from corporations to legislators and New Mexico law likely requires those to be reported.

ALEC sholarship fund

 

Read the full report, “Buying Influence” here.