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Democracy Dollars

Democracy Dollars

October 25, 2019 – New Mexico in Focus takes a closer look at Albuquerque’s plan for a public campaign finance voucher system, termed “Democracy Dollars.” Advocates say it’s a way to counteract the influence of money from a few wealthy donors who finance candidates for city elections. Detractors say it’s a misguided effort that would be applied too broadly and unfairly favor organizing committees who would snap up vouchers and give them to candidates. To discuss the pros and cons of the proposal, Senior Producer Matt Grubs sits down, separately, with advocate Eric Griego of the New Mexico Working Families Party and Pat Rogers, a local attorney and conservative advocate.

Eric Griego, New Mexico Working Families Party
Pat Rogers, attorney

For Further Reading:

Democracy Dollars Information – City of Albuquerque

Democracy Dollars Proposal Document – City of Albuquerque

2019 Local Election Ballot Questions – City of Albuquerque

Democracy Dollars #Burque Bucks – Democracy Dollars website

Vote No: Albuquerque Democracy Dollars – Anti- Democracy Dollars website

Seattle’s Version of Democracy Dollars – Seattle Government

The Line: Political Action Committees in New Mexico Politics

May 17, 2019 – Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver and Representative Ben Ray Luján, both Democratic hopefuls looking to fill retiring Senator Tom Udall’s seat, have pledged not to take money from political action committees, or PACs. It’s a trend, but is it a winning strategy? Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists debate the influence of corporate PAC money on elections.

Line Panelists:
Janice Arnold-Jones, former NM state representative
Dan Boyd, capitol bureau chief, Albuquerque Journal
Sophie Martin, attorney
Dave Mulryan, founder, Everybody Votes and president, Mulryan/Nash Advertising

For Further Reading:
Both leading Senate Dem candidates reject PAC cash – by Will Costello, Santa Fe Reporter
Luján: Rejecting Corporate PAC Money for New Mexicans – by Ben Ray Luján, NM Political Report
Money Unlimited: How Chief Justice John Roberts orchestrated the Citizens United decision – by Jeffrey Toobin, The New Yorker