Albuquerque lawmaker spends campaign money on massages
Posted at: 09/25/2012 11:10 AM
By: The Associated Press
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A New Mexico lawmaker has used campaign funds to pay for massages and chiropractic adjustments to treat his back problems.
The Albuquerque Journal reports that Democratic state Rep. Miguel Garcia of Albuquerque reported at least a dozen visits to providers in 2010 and another visit this year on campaign finance reports.
He spent at least $740 in campaign funds for the treatments.
Garcia says he thinks his spending was allowed because his longstanding back problems act up during door-to-door campaigning.
State law says the contributions can be used for campaign expenditures and expenditures "reasonably related" to the duties of office.
Garcia says he would reimburse his accounts if state officials determine that that type of spending wasn't allowed.
The spending was first reported by the New Mexico Watchdog.
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