Either the recession is cutting into state legislators’ social lives or some lobbyists haven’t yet filed their spending reports, which by law are required within 48 hours of the expenditure during a legislative session.
As of late Friday afternoon, only two lobbyists had filed what is known as a “48-hour report.” State law requires lobbyists to report any expenditure more than $75.
The two lobbyist reports that had come in Friday were from:
• New Energy Economy, which spent a total of $4,573 for meals and beverages Wednesday at a reception for legislators at the Rio Chama Steakhouse, which is close to the Capitol on Old Santa Fe Trail. The report does not say which lawmakers or other officials attended. Ryan Shaening Pokrasso, the group’s program director, who signed the report, couldn’t be reached for comment Friday.
New Energy is an organization dedicated to creating jobs to fight global warming. Along with Bioneers, the Regional Development Corp. and the state departments of Economic Development and Workforce Solutions, New Energy sponsored a two-day conference that began Wednesday in Santa Fe to talk about how to attract “green” jobs to New Mexico and legislation that would help that effort.
• Hilary Dennis, an Austin, Texas-based lobbyist for a Maryland-based pharmaceutical called MedImmune, reported spending $510 on Wednesday for a dinner for “legislators and guests.” The report does not say where the dinner was held or which legislators attended.
Among the drugs MedImmune manufactures are FluMist, which, according to the company’s Web site, is “the first and only nasal spray flu vaccine approved in the U.S.”
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