Ex-NM Official Takes Job Despite Ban On Lobbying

Sep 25, 2013

 A former New Mexico official has taken a government affairs job with a communications company despite agreeing not to lobby state government for two years after leaving her state job.

The Albuquerque Journal reports Katherine Martinez was appointed by the Gov. Susana Martinez in 2012 as director of the Construction Industries Division. She recently left for a job at CenturyLink. She's not related to the governor.

CenturyLink says she's working as a local government affairs director. But Martinez's LinkedIn Web page and her work voice mail say she is also state government affairs director.

A spokesman for Gov. Martinez says the prohibition applies to lobbying before agencies under the governor's control and the Legislature. Enrique Knell says Martinez told the governor's office she will mainly focus on local governments.

Information from: Albuquerque Journal. 

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