U.S. Senate Candidate (and current NM SOS) Toulouse Oliver signs American Promise Pledge

 

(Sitting, Maggie Toulouse Oliver;  standing left to right are NMMOP’s Bruce Berlin, Charlotte Schaaf, David Burling, John House and Ishwari Sollohub)

On Friday, August 31, 2019, candidate for the U.S. Senate and current New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver signed the American Promise Candidate and Elected Official Pledge.   Sponsored by New Mexicans for Money Out of Politics and its national partner, American Promise,  the pledge seeksCongress to adopt  an amendment that would 1) secure fair, free elections by limiting the undue influence of money in politics; 2) protect the rights of all Americans to equal participation and representation, rather than overrepresentation of donors and special interests; and 3) protect the unalienable liberty of people rather than new privileges for the largest corporations, unions, and special interests. The pledge confirms the signor’s commitment and dedication to  use her office to advance this 28th Amendment in any and all legal ways, including, but not limited to: sponsoring or cosponsoring bills, resolutions, or other legislation advancing proposal or ratification of the 28th Amendment; voting in favor of such bills and resolutions in committee, subcommittee, or floor votes; working to build cross-partisan support; and publicly advocating for the necessity of this Amendment.

“I’ve signed the The American Promise Pledge marking my commitment to keep special interest money out of politics.  As a candidate who is refusing corporate PAC money, I affirm my pledge and hope that others will also vow to prioritize the needs of citizens over corporations.”
– Maggie Toulouse Oliver

For more information about the pledge and how you can help the effort to pass the 28thAmendment, please go to  28thAmendment or contact New Mexicans for Money Out of Politics at 505-231-1697.

 

 

Call to Action: Contact Your MOCs and Urge the President and Senate to Appoint FEC Members

Please call, email, write a postcard and/orletter to Senators Udall and Heinrich  and your House Representative urging them to  put the heat on President Trump to nominate persons to fill the three empty positions on the Federal Election Commission. Contact information for your senators and representative can be found by clicking the down arrow beside the Home tab on this website and then clicking the subtab entitled “How to Contact Your Members of Congress.”

Please read this insightful article by Craig  Holman of Public Citizen about this crisis caused by the current administration’s failure to fulfill its responsibility:

Federal Election Commission Shut Down Ahead of Most Expensive Election in History

As the nation heads into the 2020 election cycle – an election that likely will reach an all-time spending record – the agency that monitors and enforces compliance with campaign finance laws on Saturday will lose the voting quorum to take any official actions due to the resignation of its vice chair. With only three members left on the six-member Federal Election Commission (FEC), the agency cannot meet, adopt rules and regulations, offer formal advice to candidates and committees, or enforce the law.

A Category 6 hurricane of Big Money is barreling toward us in 2020, and now the nation’s first responders are unable to act. Heading into what is sure to be the most expensive election in history, our nation’s campaign finance watchdog, the FEC, is now closed for business. And it won’t reopen until new commissioners are chosen and confirmed.

In ordinary times, we’d call on the president and the U.S. Senate to immediately fill the vacant FEC positions to prepare for the expected $8 billion in political spending in the 2020 elections. But who are we kidding? We already know they won’t – and that U.S. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) will wring her hands in a practiced display of feigned disappointment.

President Donald Trump and many Senate Republicans – chief among them, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) – are openly contemptuous of campaign finance limits or electioneering rules of any kind and have shown they’re eager to lie, cheat, steal and rig elections to keep themselves and their party in power. Anti-government extremists in their party have for decades tried to shut down watchdog agencies and put billionaires and big corporations in charge. Now they’ve succeeded.

The question is whether Senate Democrats, the press and the public will raise holy hell to put a campaign finance cop back on the beat or meekly acquiesce to yet another Republican scheme to shut down a vital public interest watchdog in government and rig the political system in their favor.

Craig Holman is Government Affairs Lobbyist for Public Citizen

September 5, 2019 is National Call-In Day for the Democracy For All Amendment

Help support the Democracy For All Amendment by calling U.S. House Representatives on Thursday, September 5, 2019.

NMMOP, through Declaration for American Democracy, a national coalition of advocacy groups is working in collaboration with over 60 other advocacy groups to promote the national call-in day for the Democracy for All Amendment,H.J.Res. 2 (Rep. Ted Deusch (D-FL)/S.J.Res. 51(Sen. Tom Udall, D-NM), to be held on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019.  While all Democratic senators have co-sponsored the amendment in the Senate, only 135 house representatives have signed on to the House version. SO we are asking all of you to make as many telephone calls as you can on that call-in day to encourage more house reps to cosponsor the amendment and thank those that are already onboard. Here are sample materials and here is the targeting list.

Please make these calls to show your support for the efforts of our own Senator Tom Udall and his colleagues in Congress who are fighting hard to get Big Money out of our elections and to advance the cause further!

 

Federal judge rules IRS dark money anti-disclosure rule unlawful

Federal judge rules IRS donor guidance is unlawful

A federal judge in Montana ruled on Tuesday that IRS guidance reducing donor disclosure requirements for certain nonprofits is unlawful and will be set aside.

The ruling is a win for two states with Democratic governors that challenged the guidance — Montana and New Jersey — and is likely to be cheered by Democrats in Congress who have criticized the guidance.

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock is seeking the Democratic nomination for president, and the ruling was issued on the same day he appeared in the party’s presidential debate.

The IRS and Treasury Department released guidance last year that ended a requirement for certain tax-exempt groups to report the names and addresses of major donors on annual forms.

Groups affected by the guidance included social welfare organizations such as the National Rifle Association and the American Civil Liberties Union, labor unions, and business leagues.

Republicans argue that the guidance was important to protect taxpayers’ privacy and First Amendment rights. But Democrats have strongly opposed the guidance, arguing that it could make it easier for foreign governments to influence U.S. elections through donations to “dark money” groups.

Bullock, the Montana Department of Revenue and the state of New Jersey filed a lawsuit challenging the IRS guidance, asking the court to set it aside because the IRS didn’t provide a notice and comment period before issuing the guidance. Both states said that they had utilized the donor information.

Treasury and the IRS said the lawsuit should be dismissed, arguing that the states lack standing to sue. They also argued that the guidance was an interpretive rule that didn’t need a notice and comment period.

In his ruling, Judge Brian Morris, who was appointed by former President Obama, ruled that the states have standing to pursue their claim and that the guidance was a legislative rule that did need a notice and comment period.

Morris noted that the states argued they may need the donor information to determine whether an organization violates requirements for tax-exempt groups and to enforce limits on tax-exempt groups’ political activity.

“The Court agrees that these purposes support the need for the IRS to comply with the [Administrative Procedure Act]’s notice-and-comment provision when it amends a long-standing regulation that implicates the collection and sharing of this information,” Morris wrote.

Morris said that if the IRS wants to adopt a similar rule in the future, it needs to follow notice and comment procedures under the Administrative Procedure Act.

Senate Democrats to Unveil Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United


Led by Udall and Shaheen, Democracy for All Amendment would help get big money out of politics and put power back in the hands of the American people

WASHINGTON  On Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. ET, U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), and other Senate Democrats will hold a press event outside the U.S. Supreme Court to unveil the Democracy for All Amendment, a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United v. FEC and other disastrous court decisions, help get big money out of politics, and put power back in the hands of the American people.

Citizens United and other disastrous Supreme Court decisions have unleashed a flood of unlimited corporate spending in U.S. elections and opened the door wider for wealthy special interests to have an outsized voice in our government. The Democracy for All Amendment enshrines in the Constitution the right of the American people to regulate the raising and spending of funds in public elections, and affirms that Congress and the states can set reasonable campaign finance rules and limit corporate spending in elections.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

WHAT: Senate Democrats to unveil constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and get big money out of politics 

WHEN: 12:00 p.m. ET

WHERE: In front of the U.S. Supreme Court 

WHO: 

U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.)

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.)

U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.)

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.)

U.S. Senator Tina Smith (D-Minn.)

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.)

U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii)

Senate Democrats