Tuesday, February 27

Oil and gas puts $1.1 million into New Mexico politics, study says

Oil and gas companies put thousands of dollars every year into New Mexico’s political campaigns, on both sides of the aisle, seeking to influence policy to protect continued growth in the industry that represents about a third of the state’s budget.

That amounted to about $1.1 million in political contributions between Oct. 5, 2021 and April 4, per a report from New Mexico Ethics Watch, leading up to the 2022 Mid-term Election.

The latest chunk of change came in a year when New Mexicans could choose a new governor, and the three top candidates in that race were the state’s biggest recipients of oil and gas’ dollars.

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