The History of RepresentUs New Mexico

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 Citizen Leader Conference in Washington, D.C., hosted by American Promise, a national organization focused on promoting a 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to overturn the U.S. 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 November of 2017, NMMOP was incorporated as a  New Mexico nonprofit corporation and applied and was given  501(c)(3) tax exempt status by the IRS.

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 acheiving other important democracy reforms.