We Win One: City of Santa Fe to Defend Its Disclosure Bill


According to Heather Ferguson, Legislative Director of Common Cause, New Mexico, on the advice of the City Attorney, the Mayor and City Council have reversed course and decided to defend its Disclosure bill against the Rio Grande Foundation lawsuit. It is tremendous that at least in this instance, pressure from Common Cause, Campaign Legal Center (CLC) and organizations like Retake Our Democracy has resulted in a win for our community. The City will utilize the legal expertise of the CLC and, according to the CLC estimation will have a 90% chance of success in defending itself against Rio Grande Foundation’s bullying lawsuit.

First reported by Retake Our Democracy.

Update – Dec 13, 2017: The city officially withdrew it’s proposal to alter campaign finance disclosure rules and to proceed with defending the lawsuit. For more information see this article in the Santa Fe New Mexican. The case now goes to court.

Ranked Choice Voting in the City of Santa Fe

 

According to Retake Our Democracy, on Wednesday, November 29th, 2017, Judge Thomson announced an unequivocal order for the City to move forward with Ranked Choice Voting in Santa Fe for March 2018 elections.

Please be aware that the City Attorney could appeal this case to the Supreme Court and further delay implementation of Ranked Choice Voting. If you have questions or want to express your opinion regarding Ranked Choice Voting in Santa Fe, you may by contacting the Mayor, City Councilors and/or the City Attorney.

Now is the time to voice your opinion!
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City needs more — not less — transparency

by Debra Helper

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.
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