New Mexicans for Money Out of Politics has changed its name to RepresentUs New Mexico! We have become a state chapter of RepresentUs!
We believe the new name and new relationship with RepresentUs will open up many new possibilities for us and strengthen our efforts for reform through legislative action in Washington, D.C. and in New Mexico.
Most of you know that New Mexicans for Money Out of Politics is a New Mexico nonpartisan, nonprofit corporation founded in 2017 that works on several democracy reform goals including reforms of campaign finance, lobbying and gerrymandering, and strengthening and protecting voters rights. To bring about real campaign finance reform, we have for a long time allied with American Promise, a national organization out of Boston, MA, whose single goal is to get Congress to pass, and 2/3s of the state legislatures to ratify, a constitutional amendment to overrule Citizens United and other poorly-decided U.S. Supreme Court and lower court cases that have unleashed torrents of money from extremely wealthy persons, giant national and multi-national corporations and special interests. But we realized that to make a larger impact upon our other reform goals we needed another national partner whose aims dovetailed with ours.
We found that perfect fit with RepresentUs. RepresentUs is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization founded in November 2012 that advocates for state and local laws based on model legislation called the American Anti-Corruption Act. It is a proposal to overhaul lobbying, transparency, and campaign finance laws and voters’ rights and protection. RepresentUs is headquartered in Florence, Massachusetts. It has been able to garner expert supporting members and consultants to forge its anti-corruption campaign including Harvard Law School constitutional law and ethics professor Lawrence Lessig and Fordham University Law School constitutional law professor and former candidate for Governor of Massachusetts in 2014, Zephyr Teachout. To find out more about RepresentUs, go here.
A lot of work has been put into this effort, but there is still much to be done. Until we complete the new website, which will be representusnewmexico.org, and a new Facebook page, please continue to go to the website www.nmmop.org and the NMMOP Facebook page for the latest news, updates on our progress and notices of upcoming events.
We are planning a public event to launch RepresentUS New Mexico on July 7, 2020. We plan to have important NM elected Officials with whom we have worked in the past to speak, a RepresentUs speaker to talk about it and how it works with local chapters, and more. Considering that we are still feeling the effects of the Coronavirus, at present we contemplate that the event will be conducted virtually, through Zoom or another similar platform. Stay tuned for updates and more details about the launch in the coming weeks.
We hope you will be as excited about this tremendous new development as we are! And we hope you will join us on July 7 for the launch!
President of RepresentUS New Mexico