CPI: Statehouses, not Congress, hosting biggest political money fights (In the News)

CPI: Statehouses, not Congress, hosting biggest political money fights

By Ashley Balcerzak

State lawmakers this year are engaging in full-throated debate on campaign finance proposals – with some surprising outcomes.

New Mexico’s secretary of state may have found a way to enact rules that the governor vetoed months before…

In April, Gov. Susana Martinez, a Republican, vetoed legislation that doubled contribution limits but tightened donor-disclosure rules.

Just two months later, newly elected Democratic Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver proposed a campaign-finance rule that included elements of the failed bill, though not the increased contribution limits. This angered opponents of increased disclosure requirements…

“The proposed rule attempts to legislate rather than implement existing law,” Tyler Martinez, an attorney with the conservative Center for Competitive Politics and no relation to New Mexico’s governor, wrote in public testimony to the secretary of state.