SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A national group founded by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg pumped nearly $32,000 into an advertising campaign in New Mexico for legislation to expand criminal background checks of gun buyers.
The campaign by Mayors Against Illegal Guns Action Fund was the most costly lobbying effort in this year’s legislative session, according to a computer-assisted analysis of lobbying disclosure reports by The Associated Press.
The gun measure passed the House but died on the last day of the session when opponents offered a series of amendments to run out the clock and prevent a final vote in the Senate before the Legislature adjourned.
Overall, lobbyists and their clients spent about $512,000 from January through late April. Most of that went for meals, drinks, gifts, entertainment and receptions for lawmakers and other state officials, but it also included advertising and Login to read more