Thomas J. Cole's Upfront column in the Abq. Journal this morning is about a Roundhouse lobbyist, Robert Rivera, who owes the state $210,000 in back taxes. Rivera's clients include Flicks on 66/The Studio New Mexico, New Mexico Industrial Energy Consumers, New Mexico Propane Gas Association, Ruidoso Downs Racing, Turtleback Mountain/Sierra del Rio Golf Course and the Westland development company.
Westland dev. co., by the way, is the other name used by SunCal Corporation--that's the company that's got that million dollar public relations campaign going to promote TIDD's. I know those of you who live in Albuquerque have not escaped it.
Anyhow, the most interesting tidbit in Cole's article is this:
"Lobbyist Robert Rivera is a close friend of House Speaker Ben Luján, D-Santa Fe, and can often be found working out of Luján's office when the Legislature is in session."
Mister Speaker of the House, those benches in the hallways are awfully hard. Would it be okay if I used one of your easy chairs too?
Wednesday, February 04, 2009