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.