After the Supreme Court removed barriers to corporate political spending in the 2010 Citizens United case, members of Congress introduced the DISCLOSE Act to help citizens keep track of who is spending money to influence our votes and elected officials. While donations made directly to candidates and parties generally are reported already, some "independent" groups are pumping millions of dollars from secret donors into TV ads supporting some candidates and opposing others. DISCLOSE would require reporting of contributions exceeding $10,000 to those groups and would apply equally to corporate and labor union spending.

DISCLOSE passed the House in 2010 but was stalled by a filibuster in the Senate, where it received 59 votes, a substantial majority but one vote short of the 60 needed to secure passage.

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As part of Common Cause New Mexico's municipal campaign, we are proposing to amend Article XIII of the Albuquerque City Charter, The Campaign Finance Reporting Law, to conform to recent court rulings that invalidated the current system for...

Amending the Albuquerque Campaign Finance Reporting Law
June 8, 2015

The City of Albuquerque has a system for the public financing of campaigns instituted by 69% of Albuquerque’s citizens in 2005. However, since that time, several court rulings impacting the matching funds provisions, set forth in the...

Fixing the Public Campaign Financing System in Albuquerque
June 2, 2015

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