The 28th Amendment Committee of New Mexicans for Money Out of Politics (NMMOP) is now engaged in a pledge drive, promoting the American Promise (AP) 28th Amendment Candidate and Elected Official Pledge.
The Pledge is a way for candidates and elected officials at all levels to support – and pledge to use their office to advance – a 28th Amendment to the US Constitution: limiting the undue influence of money in politics; protecting equal representation for all Americans; and preserving constitutional rights and liberties for people, not legal entities such as corporations and special interests.
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Want to know more about the candidates running for mayor of Santa Fe and how they are financing their campaigns? Want to show support for your candidate? Join New Mexicans for Money Out of Politics for a mayoral candidate forum on February 12, 6:30 pm, Santa Fe Community College: Jemez Room.
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By John L. House
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?”
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.
The tax overhaul 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.