--April 30-May 1: Martinez spoke at a fundraiser in Bakersfield, Calif., for House Republican Whip Kevin McCarthy.
--May 2-3: Martinez went to the Cinco de Mayo celebration at the White House.
--May 6-7: The governor spoke about tax cuts at an event sponsored by the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Arizona. She also attended a separate political event
--May 13-17: Martinez traveled with New Mexico Amigos, a nonpartisan group promoting the state, to Colorado Springs, Colo., and Salt Lake City. She then went to Texas for political fundraising events in Houston and Dallas.
--May 29-30: Martinez attended a reception and dinner in Austin, Texas, for the Republican State Leadership Committee's Future Majority Project. She co-chairs the committee.
--June 3-5: The governor went to Washington, D.C., for a Washington Post event on early literacy and a National Association of Manufacturers executive meeting. During this trip, she also held a major political fundraiser for her re-election. The guest list included GOP Congressional leaders as well as possible presidential contenders, including Rubio; Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.; Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.; and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.
The New Mexican on June 7 requested out-of-state travel records for Martinez under the state's Inspection of Public Records Act. In the subsequent months, the administration informed the paper four times that it needed more time to fulfil the request. Some -- though not all -- of the requested information came on Friday.
The administration declined to let The New Mexican inspect actual records of travel, such as receipts, citing security concerns.
"Disclosure of procurement card statements create security risks to the governor and the governor's family," a spokesman for the Department of Finance and Administration said in a response to the request. "Procurement card statements for the Governor and the Governor's security detail identify the officer assigned to protect the governor and/or her family on specific dates and include transaction-level detail, including the transaction date, vendor name (e.g., hotel or restaurant), and city and state of the transaction."
This is the same reasoning the administration used for several months as it refused to release to news organizations, including The New Mexican, travel records for a 2011 alligator-hunting trip for Martinez's husband, Chuck Franco, and two state police officers acting as his security. In July, a spokesman for Martinez told The Associated Press that some of the expenses were paid for by a relative of one of the officers.
The lieutenant governor, under state law, is entitled to an extra $250 in pay each day when the governor is out of state. However, Lt. Gov. John Sanchez "has chosen not to accept it," a spokesman said Monday. Sanchez's predecessor, Diane Denish, made the same decision in 2007 when Richardson was running for president.
Martinez has made other trips since The New Mexican's records request in early June. For instance, she gave the keynote address at a June 29 dinner for the Ohio Republican Party in Columbus, Ohio, and went to Aspen, Colo., in late July for a meeting of the Republican Governors Association.
Contact Steve Terrell at firstname.lastname@example.org. Read his political blog at roundhouseroundup.com.
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Original headline: Governor releases info on out-of-state travel costs
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