Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham spends $721,676 on inaugural celebration

New Mexico
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The governor spent close to $1 million on her inaugural celebration. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham released a report stating that she raised nearly $873,000 for the event.

Many of the largest donors came from insurance, gambling, and oil companies including Presbyterian, Exxon Mobile and the Ruidoso Downs.

The funds paid for her swearing-in ceremony and two celebratory balls while the rest is being donated to charity.

The committee behind former governor Susana Martinez’s inauguration raised roughly $966,000.

Lujan Grisham spent $721,676 and received $873,602 total according to the governor’s inaugural committee website.

The following are organization/groups that contributed:

  • Pueblo of Pojoaque
  • Devon Energy
  • Steve Chavez, former owner of WisePies Pizza & Salad
  • Johnny Cope, former chairman of the New Mexico Transportation Commission
  • Dan Perry, Santa Fe lawyer
  • Paul Blanchard, co-owner of Albuquerque Downs Racetrack and Casino
  • Presbyterian Health Plan
  • Coca-Cola North America

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