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. Under these rules, several key provisions of the CRA have been invalidated by the courts. Additionally, there are now numerous national and local independent groups participating in state elections in a variety of ways, ranging from campaign ads coordinated with candidates to an occasional ad mentioning a public official who is running for reelection.

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