KOB 4 reported this week that New Mexico taxpayers were forced to fork over $1.5 million of their hard-earned tax dollars to advertise during millionaire Jeffrey Epstein-tied Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic space launch.
According to Cody Johnson, a spokesman for alleged serial groper Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s New Mexico Tourism Department, Cody Johnson, the “state paid a lot to have the logo on screen during the flight’s broadcast.”
“That included in total a $1.5 million investment, which includes a $500,000 special appropriation provided by the state legislature for the efforts to market and promote New Mexico during that inaugural flight,” he said.
“The rest came from the tourism department’s budget, a $1.5 million investment that the state expects to pay off,” KOB reported.
The Tourism Department’s “New Mexico True” brand showed on the advertisement, which Johnson alleges had 7.5 million viewers on YouTube alone.
Time will tell if the “investment” by Lujan Grisham’s Tourism Department will pay off, however, the Governor has had not much trouble in terms of her shady finances before, spending millions of dollars in state funds not appropriated by the Legislature during the pandemic, as well as her lavish contingency fund spending, among other things.