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Common Cause's New Mexico Voting Rights Director Targeted By GOP Voter Purge

Another Republican secretary of state tries to shape her state's electorate for partisan gain.

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We defeated three different bills during the 2012 legislative session that would require photo ID every time you vote in NM, as a full 10% of our most vulnerable citizens do not have access to a photo ID;

New Mexico became the second state in the country to pass memorials in both the State House and State Senate opposing the US Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United, which allows unlimited money to be donated to independent PACS by wealthy individuals, corporations and unions, thus threatening our democracy;

Senator Peter Wirth introduced a bill to require disclosure of donations to the independent PACs, and while we ran out of time during the short 2012 session, the bill passed the State Senate unanimously with bipartisan support, and we are determined to see the bill pass both houses in 2013 and be signed into law by Governor Martinez;

We have asked the Attorney General to investigate ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) in New Mexico for possible violations of the Campaign Reporting Act and the State Gift Act;

Our latest Connecting the Dots report was released this spring, and focused on the role of campaign contributions by companies affected by changing New Mexico health policy;

And we continue to work on public financing of campaigns, protecting the races where public financing is available, trying to expand to other seats and working to clean up our system after a US Supreme Court ruling last year that held a small part of all public financing laws across the country to be unconstitutional.

In addition to our election protection work in 2012, we are focusing heavily on how we can be most effective during the next legislative session in January 2013. We have a number of bills to support, a handful to oppose and numerous opportunities to encourage all our Legislators to support and become champions for ethical, transparent government in New Mexico.

 

Common Cause is a nonpartisan, nonprofit advocacy organization founded in 1970 by John Gardner as a vehicle for citizens to make their voices heard in the political process and to hold their elected leaders accountable to the public interest.
 
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