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12:34 pm
Sat January 29, 2011

Donations Paid For Martinez Inaugural

New Mexico – Gov. Susana Martinez spent about $861,000 on her inauguration, with donations from corporations and individuals covering the tab.

Martinez disclosed on Friday that she raised about $966,000 for inaugural activities and will donate nearly $105,000 in leftover money to safehouses for abused and neglected children.

A list of inaugural contributors was released on Martinez's gubernatorial transition website. Spokesman Danny Diaz said contributions were limited to $25,000.

Among those giving $25,000 was Allsup's, which runs convenience stores across New Mexico; United Healthcare; a political committee of Public Service Company of New Mexico, and Devon Energy Corp., an oil and natural gas company.

In Texas, Gov. Rick Perry's inauguration cost about $2 million this year.


Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.