Currently, under Section 1-19-29.1 NMSA 1978 legislators may use campaign funds for expenditures \u2026 reasonably related to performing the duties of office held, including mail, telephone, and travel expenditures to serve constituents, but excluding personal and legislative session living expenses'. An unintended consequence of allowing campaign funds for performance of duties of the office may be that a legislator(s) may be dependent in some measures on funds given to them by third parties who have specific interests they are promoting or supporting. In addition to the perception that legislators may be receiving contributions for political consideration, there is an even greater issue of fairness to those who have chosen to serve the public in our 'citizen legislatures'. This report presents three options for modifying rules governing legislative compensation and provides positives and negatives for each option.'
State of New Mexico
Carruthers, Gary E.; Maralyn Budke; Jim Noel; and Barbara Brazil. "Subcommittee Report on Legislative Compensation." (2006). http://digitalrepository.unm.edu/law_service_ethicsreform/23