New Mexicans for Money Out of Politics (NMMOP) was founded by Bruce Berlin to fulfill the ideas in his book, Breaking Big Money’s Grip on America: Working Together To Revive Our Democracy. The book recommends the building of a Democracy Movement by creating local Democracy Organizing Committees (DOCs) around the country. The first DOC began meeting in Santa Fe, NM, in August of 2016. After a few meetings, the Santa Fe DOC decided to rename itself New Mexicans for Money Out of Politics.
In the fall of 2016, several NMMOP members attended the national conference of American Promise, a national organization focused on promoting a 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which will overturn the Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. FEC decision which found that corporations are people and money is speech. After the conference, NMMOP formed an alliance with American Promise to promote the campaign finance amendment Initiative in New Mexico.
In April 2017, NMMOP sponsored a 28th Amendment Initiative training conducted by Ben Gubits, Associate Director of American Promise. Over 80 people attended, which resulted in the formation of five lobbying groups dedicated to forming relationships with and lobbying New Mexico’s U.S. Senators and Representatives to support a 28th Amendment. From April through May, NMMOP meetings focused primarily on training sessions centered around the campaign finance amendment.
In June of 2017, NMMOP resumed its monthly general meetings and formed a Steering Committee, which acted as the organization’s operations arm of the organization. In Summer 2017, NMMOP launched a Facebook page, a MeetUp group and a website (http://nmmop.org/), and began the process of becoming a nonprofit organization.
In November of 2017, NMMOP incorporated as a New Mexico nonprofit corporation and applied and was given 501(c)(3) tax exempt status by the IRS. A Board of Directors was appointed to replace the Steering Committee.
In 2020, NMMOP formed a chapter of the national organization RepresentUs (look here) and changed its name to RepresentUs New Mexico (RUNM). RUNM continues to grow and thrive, and welcomes all New Mexicans to participate in getting the influence of Big Money and Dark Money out of politics and other democracy reforms.