Campaign Finance Committee

Chair: David Burling

The Campaign Finance Reform Committee is dedicated to the ultimate passage of an amendment to the U.S. Constitution, overturning the effects of the Supreme Court’s decisions in Buckley v. Valeo,  Citizens United v. FEC, McCutcheon v. FEC, v. FEC  and several other similar campaign finance law decisions that prevent the federal,  state and local government from being able to effectively regulate and limit campaign spending.

The Committee’s efforts include:

Education and Training – RUNM works together with American Promise, a national organization whose sole purpose is the creation and passage of an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to reform campaign finance , to help educate the people of New Mexico  about the undemocratic effects of allowing virtually unlimited amounts of money to pour into our elections, much of it secret, from wealthy individuals, giant corporations and special interest groups.  

Municipal Resolution – We have created a model Municipal Resolution that RUNM is making available to city, town and county governments across New Mexico and urging them to adopt expressing support for a constitutional amendment to reform campaign finance . The purpose of this effort is  to continue building grassroots momentum toward the eventual passage and ratification of such an amendment.

Legislation – Other aspects of compaign finance such as disclosure and public campaign finance regimes can be achieved through state, federal and local laws without the necessity of amending the Constitution. We work on those as well.

Lobbying – We are working to get New Mexico’s  congresspersons to sponsor or co-sponsor and actively support legislation proposing such a constitutional amendment .