New Mexico government sector lobbying

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Taxpayer-funded lobbying is government to government lobbying. Counties, cities, school districts, public facilities, and associations of public employees frequently use public funds to influence legislation and appropriations at the state and federal levels.

This practice is controversial because public funds are spent to lobby for an agenda not subject to direct approval by voters, and outcomes may be contrary taxpayers benefit.

Municipal lobbying

The New Mexico Municipal League, to which 104 cities claim membership,[1] actively lobbies on behalf of those member cities. The League also takes part in setting judicial precedent and authors amicus briefs.[2] For 2010-2011, the League was following 50 pieces of legislation.[3]

Besides belonging to a lobbying association, some municipalities contract lobbyists specifically for their purposes. Hobbs contracts the services of Alcade & Fay, as do Aztec and Rio Rancho.[4]

County lobbying

Several counties in New Mexico contract lobbyists. Sandoval County pays for the services of lobbying firm Alcade & Fay, as do San Juan County and Lea County.[5]

Public schools

Rio Rancho Public Schools is a district that contracts lobbying firm Alcade & Fay.[6]


Taxpayer-funded lobbying associations

The following is a list of New Mexico government sector lobbying associations by type:

County

Justice

Municipal

School

Other

External links

References

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