New Mexico State Auditor Questions if RCLC is Lobbying – ExchangeMonitor

The New Mexico State Auditor’s Office has questioned whether the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) is improperly engaged in lobbying.Most press attention generated by an Aug. 7 report from State Auditor Wayne Johnson has focused on reimbursement of travel and entertainment expenses by the nongovernmental group’s former executive director, Andrea Romero.The organization established to promote communities around the Energy Department’s Los Alamos National Laboratory has been funded in part by a five-year grant from DOE, totaling $500,000, which stretches into June 2020. Language in the grant’s rules explicitly prohibits lobbying, but the RCLC “appears to be engaged in prohibited lobbying activities,” according to the report.By accepting the DOE grant, RCLC agreed none of the money, appropriated by Congress, would be used to influence a member of Congress, or other governmental officials, to vote in a certain way or take a particular policy position, the report said. In addition, RCLC has described itself as being involved in state lobbying.

Source: New Mexico State Auditor Questions if RCLC is Lobbying – ExchangeMonitor