Fixing Public Campaign Finance

New Mexico has three public financing systems – citywide races in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, and campaigns for the NM Public Regulation Commission and statewide judicial races. However, public financing laws are facing a challenge that arises from a 2011 US Supreme Court decision which held part of the law unconstitutional. We are working to fix our laws in light of this ruling.

In 2013, Senator Peter Wirth introduced a bill to fix the state public financing system that passed the Senate 33-7 and the House of Representatives 68-0. Unfortunately Governor Martinez vetoed the bill, citing constitutional concerns. We have answered her concerns, and are working to gain her support.

We also need to fix the Albuquerque and Santa Fe systems and will begin those campaigns in 2014. A robust public campaign financing system cuts the corrupting influence of private campaign contributions out of our democracy.

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