The efforts of committed NM MOP 28th Amendment Committee members are paying off, with nine New Mexican candidates and elected officials signing the American Promise Candidate and Elected Official 28th Amendment Pledge. We are thilled to have their support in this important work. We hope to have support from all our candidates for public office. We are actively growing our list of pledged incumbents too. With over 175 signers nationally to date, NM MOP is well represented, and very happy to announce the dedicated pledgers in our state.
As a 501(c)(3) organization, we do not endorse or support any candidates, and as a nonpartisan organization, we do not target or exclude any person or group. Our signers come from various parts of the state, and a variety of parties and political orientations. NM MOP has made every attempt to offer the pledge to candidates and elected officials across the board. We are delighted every time we learn that we have a new signer.
It seems that almost every day we are reminded that our federal government is no longer “of the people, by the people, for the people,” as Abraham Lincoln reverently described it in his 1863 Gettysburg Address. Rather, we see evidence repeatedly that our current government serves not the will of the people, but the will of wealthy individuals, large corporations and special interests. Two recently reported events underscore this tragic betrayal of our forefather’s vision of a democratic republic. Continue reading “Whose government is this, anyway?”
Councilor Carmichael Dominguez’s proposal (“Santa Fe mulls proposal to halt ballot initiative finance reports,” Oct.13) to remove a campaign disclosure requirement to avoid lawsuits challenging that requirement is illogical and undermines our power as voters.
A crucial power we, the people, still retain is the power to vote. Transparency is key to an informed vote. In today’s post-Citizens United era, one in which unlimited campaign donations and spending have been allowed, we need transparency more than ever. Whether one agreed with the soda tax or not, the knowledge that each side was funded by millions of dollars from outside interests (Michael Bloomberg of New York on the pro side and global soda companies on the anti side) helped one understand where the ads and biases were coming from, thereby informing one’s vote. Continue reading “City needs more — not less — transparency”