Tennessee Rep. Robin Smith directed colleagues' taxpayer-funded mail to New Mexico vendor

Taxpayers paid for 4,867 copies of this mailer for Rep. Mark Hall, R-Cleveland, at a cost of $2,871.53. The vendor was a New Mexico firm called Phoenix Solutions.
photo Taxpayers paid for 4,867 copies of this mailer for Rep. Mark Hall, R-Cleveland, at a cost of $2,871.53. The vendor was a New Mexico firm called Phoenix Solutions.

NASHVILLE - Tennessee Rep. Robin Smith, a Hixson Republican and political consultant, didn't just direct political campaign mail business to a little-known New Mexico firm with ties to all the figures raided this month by the FBI.

She also steered taxpayer-funded "constituent mail" there for her colleagues to keep voters apprised of what's going on at the Capitol, to the tune of $28,000.

The firm, Phoenix Solutions LLC of New Mexico, lists an address that's a rented mailbox at a PostNet store in Santa Fe. It's one of four entities that have come under public scrutiny following the Jan.