From fancy dinners to ski passes, lobbyists and their employers reported spending more than $68,000 during the first two weeks of the legislative session.
Topping the list are $27,500 worth of ski passes for lawmakers from Ski New Mexico Director George Brooks.
Presbyterian Health Plan spent $10,873 on a dinner for elected officials at La Posada on Jan. 18.
Lobbyists and their employers must report all expenses of $500 or more within 48 hours during the legislative session.
Lawmakers have a packed social calendar, often with a selection of breakfasts and dinners to attend. In addition, some lobbyists report private dinners for select groups of legislators.
And much more spending under $500 per event will be reported in May reports to the Secretary of State’s office. In 2016, lobbiysts and their employers reported spending nearly $595,000 on public officials.
Here’s a look at all the spending reported thus far.