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State pays security for governor’s trips

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SANTA FE – New Mexico taxpayers are picking up thousands of dollars of costs related to political fundraisers and other out-of-state trips by Gov. Susana Martinez.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reported that public records indicate that the state spent more than $27,000 on 11 such trips from mid-March through June.

More than $24,000 was paid for transportation, lodging and food for the governor’s security team, and nearly $2,500 paid for travel expenses of Martinez aides.

Most of Martinez’s own costs were paid by her re-election campaign or organizations inviting her to events.

Along with several political fundraisers, the governor’s travels included a trip to Rome as part of a U.S. delegation attending the installation of Pope Francis and to Salt Lake City for a Republican Governors Association meeting.

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