Money in Politics

Common Cause New Mexico continues the long, hard fight to reform our incomplete campaign finance laws and regulations in an ever-changing area of the law. We have successfully implemented campaign contribution limits for candidates and political parties, the Lobbyist Regulation Act, the Campaign Reporting Act and the Open Meetings Act.

We are now working for constitutional and meaningful disclosure laws so voters know who is paying for advertisements and communications about candidates.

In Citizens United, the US Supreme Court ruled that corporations and unions have the same political speech rights as individuals under the First Amendment. It found no compelling government interest for prohibiting them from using their general treasury funds to make election-related independent expenditures. However, in an 8-1 decision, the Court ruled that the disclaimer and disclosure requirements associated with electioneering communications are constitutional.

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