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January 24, 2020 – NMiF senior producer Matt Grubs speaks with Kathleen Sabo of New Mexico Ethics Watch. The group authored a recent report on the influence of lobbyists on the nation’s only true citizen legislature. New Mexico has long struggled with a few powerful people holding sway at the Capitol. The rise of grassroots campaigning has changed the game, though well-moneyed interests are quickly shifting tactics to protect their interests.

Guest: Kathleen Sabo, New Mexico Ethics Watch

For Further Reading/Watching:

New Mexico Ethics Watch urges reforms to curb lobbyists’ influenceSanta Fe New Mexican

Lobbyists and Their Outsized Influence on New Mexico: Tales of Film, Firearms, and Fumes – New Mexico Ethics Watch

Report Flags Lobbyist InfluenceAlbuquerque Journal

Everytown for Gun Safety

This segment is part of the “Your New Mexico Government” Project (#YourNMgov), a collaboration between New Mexico PBS, KUNM Radio, and the Santa Fe Reporter. This endeavor is funded by the New Mexico Local Journalism Fund with public media support provided by the Thornburg Foundation.