Common Cause New Mexico Report: Out of Control; The Rise of Campaign Spending in Albuquerque Mayoral Races

September 28, 2005



This report from Common Cause New Mexico reads, in part, 'When a court decision overturned the city's long-standing campaign spending caps a month before the1997 mayoral elections, campaign costs went through the roof. With only a month left in the campaign to spend without restrictions, four candidates spent $168,573 over the rejected cap with a combined $486,477 in total campaign expenditures. In 2001 total expenditures by the four top spending mayoral candidates jumped threefold to $1,503,153.'

READ: Common Cause New Mexico Report: Out of Control; The Rise of Campaign Spending in Albuquerque Mayoral Races


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