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March General Meeting

10:15 a.m. on Saturday, March 16, 2019

Santa Fe Public Library Downtown Branch

145 Washington Ave., Santa Fe, NM 87501

Greetings, Volunteers, Friends, and Supporters

2019 New Mexican Legislative Session Recap!!

The last day of the 2019 New Mexico legislative session will be on March 15, 2016.  Come to the meeting on March 16 and get the fresh scoop on what happened! New Mexicans for Money Out of Politics’ Legislative Action Committee team will provide a report on all the democracy reform bills and resolutions that NMMOP supported during the session and how they fared. The presentation will provide first-person accounts of some of what went on at the Roundhouse and will be replete with stories of exciting events and feature heroes and villains (there are both).

A short Q&A session will follow.

Featured Speaker:

Former Democratic Write-In Candidate for N.M. House District 46
HEATHER NORDQUIST

Like hundreds of 2018 candidates around the country who bravely eschewed big money donations from corporations and PACs, Heather Nordquist courageously ran her campaign for NM House District 46 with support from small donors only. She will provide us with her own personal insight about the campaign finance process and the impact of 501(c)(4) “social welfare” organizations upon it.  She will also discuss the move towards campaign finance reform we are seeing with bills like HR 1 in the U.S. House of Representatives and how the candidates who vow to take only small donations are an integral grassroots part of that effort.

A short Q&A session will follow.

Heather grew up in the Pojoaque Valley north of Santa Fe.  She graduated from University of New Mexico with a BS in computer science in 2004 and has been working at Los Alamos National Laboratory as a nuclear safeguards expert for over 15 years. From 2009 to 2014, she worked at the International Atomic Energy Agency developing remote monitoring systems used by IAEA inspectors.

Since her return to northern New Mexico in 2014, she has been an advocate for local residents on issues of water and land rights, co-founded and served as executive vice-president of Northern New Mexicans Protecting Land, Water and Rights, a 501(c)(4) organization that helps residents navigate difficult land and water disputes.

EMERGENCY ACTION ALERTS!!

Please Call and Write Your State Senator and Each Member of the Senate Rules Committee

Some of our priority bills are stuck in the quagmire of the Senate Rule Committee.  We need your help in getting them unstuck!  Please call and write your state senator AND each member of the Senate Rules Committee and ask him or her to do anything and everything he or she can to get the Senate Rules Committee to set the bills for early hearing and issue a DO PASS for them. The bills that are currently stuck in the SRC there are:

HB 55 — National Popular Vote

HB 84 — Auto Voter Registration at MVD
and other State Agencies

HB 86 — Election Day and Early Voting Registration

HB 131 — Post Session Lobbying Reports

HB 4 — State Ethics Commission Act

Please call and Write Your State House Rep and Each Members of the House Judiciary Committee

Similarly, one of our priority bills, SB 4 — Campaign Public Finance Changes, is stuck in the House Judiciary Committee. Please call and write your state Representative AND each member of the House Judiciary Committee and ask him or her to do anything and everything he or she can to get the House Judiciary Committee to set SB 4 for early hearing and issue a DO PASS.

If you go to www.nmlegis.gov, click the “Committees” tab, scroll down to the name of the committee and you will find the committee members listed.

February General Meeting

10:15 AM on Saturday February 16, 2019
at the Main Branch Santa Fe Public Library, 145 Washington Ave., SF, NM 87501

PANEL DISCUSSION WITH Q&A AFTERWARDS

Greetings Volunteers and Friends,

Our general meeting will feature enthusiastic young speakers explaining why they are interested in big money in politics and how the issue impacts them personally. They will also be telling us how to make our signature issues and activism appealing to younger people. Come and join us to show support for Millennial activists working together to get money out of politics and make our democracy work for all people!

See 2019 Legislative Action Items Below

Man holding sign Democracy is not for SALE.
Olivier Douliery Abaca Press/MCT

New Mexicans for Money Out of Politics’s 28th Resolution was adopted unanimously by the Santa Fe County Board of County Commissioners at its regular meeting held on Tuesday, January 29, 2019!

The Resolution demonstrates the strong support of Santa Fe County government and its residents for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would reverse several unsound U.S. Supreme Court decisions and reconfirm the authority and responsibility of federal, state and local government to regulate campaign finance in this country and eliminate the corrupting, unfair and unequal influence of wealthy individuals and artificial entities, including corporations and special interest groups, in our elections, reviving the voice of the People in our elections.

Thanks to all of you who have supported this effort and a SPECIAL SHOUTOUT to the persons who came to the general meeting and/or wrote your County Commissioner to show the Board of County Commissioners that you supported the Resolution!!! It could not have happened without you.

“Take Action” NMMOP Legislative Update

Read more…

Take Action Now in 2019 Legislative Session

NMMOP is supporting a variety of bills and resolutions. To receive email updates, contact Ishwari Sollohub at ishwarisollohub12@gmail.com

Read more…

Fall Newsletter Published

Our Fall newsletter has now been published and emailed out. Subscribe below if you missed it!

More of New Mexico’s Candidates and Elected Officials Sign 28th Amendment Pledge

Maggie Toulouse-Oliver signs the pledge. Read more…

Achieving a Fair Political System Conference Report Released

Read now! (1.2MB pdf)

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Why Get Money Out of Politics?

Our political leaders are too beholden to special interests and their wealthy donors to truly serve the needs of the American people.

The dominance of money in politics not only corrupts government itself, but also blocks effective action on virtually every major issue Americans care about from big bank bailouts to affordable health care to our personal freedoms.

We believe the only force capable of challenging the corrupting influence of moneyed special interests is a diverse, non-partisan, grassroots movement. New Mexicans for Money Out of Politics is helping to build a Democracy Movement to meet this urgent need.

Help Make Government Work for ALL the People.

If we really want a government of, by and for the people, it is up to us to make it happen. Let’s join together to make government work for ALL of us.

NM MOP was founded to fulfill the ideas in the book Breaking Big Money’s Grip on America: Working Together To Revive Our Democracy by Bruce Berlin. NM MOP has formed an affiliation with American Promise (AP), a national organization promoting a 28th Amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s Citizens United case. We lobby our elected officials on this important issue, as well as on campaign finance disclosure, a state ethics commission and other election reform legislation.

Congress’ Tax Reform Bill

As hundreds risked arrest today (12/5)  in D.C. to protest the new tax cut/reform bill, it is very clear that this bill is the most significant example in recent history of the price we pay when our elections are bought and sold by the highest bidder, i.e. Big Money.

The tax bill cuts $1.5 trillion in programs that we all rely upon like education, Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. It is moving forward in order to give tax breaks for the big donors – the ultra-wealthy and Big Business! This is why New Mexicans for Money Out of Politics is helping to build a national, grassroots movement to break Big Money’s grip on America!

This tax bill should put to rest once and for all any doubts about the real-world impact of the Supreme Court’s evisceration of campaign finance law. This article by Daniel I. Weiner from the Brennan Center for Justice, New York University School of Law explains why.