On the heels of releasing new polling on money in politics in New Mexico, today we release our latest research that tracks and analyzes Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions and spending in New Mexico from 2005 to 2012. Our research shows a dramatic increase in spending from out-of-state PACs, a shift away from party-centric PACs, and layers upon layers of concealed funders through PAC-to-PAC contributions.


The report and reforms recommended can be found here, and you can see the data we used here. The raw data was provided by the New Mexico Secretary of State’s (SoS) Office.


"As you will see in our infographic, New Mexico PACs: Growth, Influence, and Shifting Interests, contributions to and spending by PACs has nearly doubled since the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission," says CCNM’s executive director Viki Harrison.


Some additional key findings from our analysis include:


Between 2005 and 2012 New Mexico PACs spent almost $45 million on political campaigns


A shift from party dominated PACs to ideological PACs over the years analyzed


About 70-80% of contributions to New Mexico PACs were from companies or other PACs


PACs donating to other PACs, effectively concealing the true entities making contributions


Between 2005 and 2012 total contributions from outside New Mexico have nearly doubled


PACs spending the most in New Mexico politics are primarily funded by organizations outside the state, mostly from Washington D.C.


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Viki Harrison

and the rest of the team at Common Cause New Mexico

You can also mail a contribution to: Common Cause New Mexico, P.O. Box 278, Albuquerque, NM 87103.

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