“Our Vision: We aspire to be an innovative leader in New Mexico, recognized for proactively finding solutions and responding to evolving needs by building partnerships with individuals, community organizations, government agencies and businesses.”
– New Mexico Attorney General’s Office website
“Building partnerships” sounds good, especially if it helps stretch every dollar you have for the public you serve – until it turns out one of the partners answers to a very different master. And so New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas – the state’s top prosecutor and defender of everything from consumer rights to open, accountable government – has a very important question to answer:
Does his office serve the taxpayers of New Mexico? Or a special interest group out of New York?
According to a Journal article published Monday, the AG’s Consumer and Environmental Protection Division has two outside attorneys employed through the State Energy and Environmental Impact Center at the NYU School of Law – an entity established two years ago with a grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies.
At first blush that might seem OK; after all, isn’t everyone in favor of energy and the environment? But a second look should raise the concern that these attorneys have an agenda that puts something other than N.M. taxpayers first.
Remember, this is the same former New York Mayor Bloomberg who poured $1.13 million into a failed effort to impose a sin tax on sugary beverages sold in Santa Fe and $400,000 into New Mexico Democrats’ campaigns with the (successful) goal of a universal background check on firearm purchases.