RepresentUs New Mexico
Model Campaign Finance Reform Resolution for Municipalities
[TOWN, CITY or COUNTY] OF __________
STATE OF NEW MEXICO
IN SUPPORT OF A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO PROTECT THE INTEGRITY OF ELECTIONS AND SECURE FOR ALL AMERICANS THE RIGHT TO EQUAL REPRESENTATION IN GOVERNMENT
[Name of governing body] finds the following:
a) our state and federal constitutions and system of representative, democratic government are founded on the principle of equal citizenship, and reject the allocation of political power based upon wealth, standing or privilege;
b) certain rulings by the Supreme Court of the United States and by lower courts predicated upon them have very broadly interpreted the meaning of the First Amendment, without consultation of the States or the People, allowing wealthy individuals, corporations, unions, other artificial entities and special interest groups to spend virtually unrestricted amounts of money to disproportionately influence elections and policy decisions affecting national, state, and local interests to the detriment of ordinary citizens who don’t have such resources;
c) more equitably-balanced and effective limits on the role of money used to influence outcomes of elections and on the lengths of campaigns are necessary, among other purposes, to (1) secure the rights of all of the citizens of our nation to be represented and participate in elections and self-government, regardless of wealth, standing or privilege; and (2) protect the integrity of elections and government against the undue influences of foreign interference and concentrated economic capital, whether of individual persons, unincorporated special interest groups, corporations, unions or other artificial entities; and
d) Article V of the United States Constitution empowers and obligates the people and States of the United States of America to use the constitutional amendment process to protect and defend the Constitution and secure our liberties.
In accordance with the above findings, the [name of the governing body] of [name of town, city or county], State of New Mexico, hereby resolves:
1. to call upon the United States Congress to propose and send to the states for ratification a constitutional amendment to make clear that Congress and the States have the power, authority and obligation to regulate and limit the amounts of money collected and spent in elections and for referendums and ballot measures, the timing of electioneering communications, and the length of campaigns for election to public office; and
2. that a suitable copy of this resolution be prepared and submitted to the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, the Majority Leader of the United States Senate, the Minority Leader of the United States Senate, and to each member of the New Mexico congressional delegation.
[Name of town, city or county], State of New Mexico, on this _____ day of ____________________, 20__.
APPROVED AS TO FORM: