Category Archives: Legislature

Tracking Campaign Finance And Lobbyist Spending

Money

June 9, 2017 – Current laws and technology often make it difficult to track political money in New Mexico. Sandra Fish, a data journalist for New Mexico in Depth, closely follows fundraising and expenses filed by lawmakers and lobbyists. She sat down during the special legislative session with producer Sarah Gustavus to talk about what she’s found in reports so far this year and how improved databases could make tracking campaign finance spending easier.

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Tracking Campaign Finance Spending In New Mexico

Ethics Commission Advocate: Show Us the Details

Roundhouse

June 9, 2017 - This year New Mexico lawmakers approved a plan for an independent statewide ethics commission, something good government groups had been urging for years. But the Legislature removed most of the details of the plan, promising to figure them out later. Now one ethics advocate wants lawmakers to figure out those specifics before you’re asked to vote on the proposed constitutional amendment next fall.

Douglas Carver is the executive director of New Mexico Ethics Watch. Before that, he worked with the New Mexico Legislative Council Service and the Judicial Standards Commission.

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