Common Cause New Mexico

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Common Cause New Mexico has made a difference. In the past three decades, we have been instrumental in the implementation of key state and municipal reform measures, including the Lobbyist Regulation Act, the Campaign Reporting Act and the Open Meetings Act, as well as legislation for online campaign finance reporting, contribution limits to candidates and political parties and the merit selection of judges. We also led the charge for voluntary public financing of campaigns for citywide races in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, campaigns for the NM Public Regulation Commission and statewide judicial races. In 2012, we passed resolution in both chambers to become the second state in the nation to oppose the Citizens United decision. And we continue to implement our highly successful election protection project created in 2008 called Count Every Vote New Mexico, and in 2016, we recruited a record 130 nonpartisan, volunteer poll watchers!

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New Mexico Pledge

We are asking New Mexicans to sign the “New Mexico Pledge” that details policies that can reform money in politics here in New Mexico. This is part of a positive, nonpartisan, and uniquely New Mexican public education campaign that will engage New Mexicans on the issue of money in politics and explain the personal impact of the current system. This election cycle is an important opportunity to draw attention to the influence of money in politics as New Mexicans are inundated with electoral advertising, often without knowing who is paying to influence their voting decisions. Learn More ›

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Disclosure Laws

Common Cause New Mexico is working to pass constitutional disclosure laws in New Mexico. Senator Peter Wirth has introduced legislation to restore the enforceability of the Campaign Reporting Act (CRA) and to adapt the CRA to modern methods of campaigning. Since the CRA was enacted, the courts have developed restrictions on the authority of governments to regulate campaign speech. Learn More ›

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Putting Ethics Into Action

Putting Ethics into Action brought together staff and members of more than twenty advocacy, activist and policy organizations in New Mexico for a full day of conversations, panels and experiential workshops about institutionalizing representation, democratic decision-making, transparency and other hallmarks of ethical practice. Learn More ›

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