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Candidates Could Face Tighter Spending Rules

Feb 17, 2016
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A state House panel on Tuesday approved a bill that would give political candidates and elected officials clearer guidelines on how they can spend money from their campaign accounts. It's been an embarrassing problem for the state.

“Dark Money” Bill Dies In Santa Fe

Mar 21, 2015
Arianna Sena

Lost in the drama of Saturday was the death of legislation that would have exposed so-called "dark money” groups to more public scrutiny.

The cause of death?

Late-session disagreements and wariness in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.

Lawmakers Consider How To Regulate Money In Politics

Mar 16, 2015
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Guy Bowers imagines his phone ringing off the hook if New Mexico were to return to the days of contributors giving unlimited amounts of money to political campaigns.

PAC Ads Target State House Races

Oct 28, 2014

Two political action committees are targeting state House races with television ads to air through Election Day.

Patriot Majority New Mexico, a union-funded state level PAC, is spending almost $96,000 to air 157 ads supporting Democrats and opposing Republicans in Albuquerque and El Paso.

Outside Groups Spar In Secretary Of State, AG Races

Oct 20, 2014

An outside GOP group is airing ads against New Mexico's Democratic candidate for attorney general, while a Democratic group is attacking the Republican secretary of state.

And if you’re counting down to Election Day, include at least 5,000 political ads on TV in your tally. That’s about the number of ads currently scheduled to run between Friday and Nov. 4.

But that’s only about 18 percent of more than 27,000 TV ads that have been contracted to air for New Mexico campaigns during 2014.

Dollars And Sense: Money And The 2014 Elections

Oct 7, 2014
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KUNM Call In Show 10/9 8a: Call 277-5866 or toll-free 1-877-899-5866. With the proliferation of political action committees (PACs) and super-PACs, candidates for office have access to increasing amounts of campaign funding.  Where is the election financing coming from in New Mexico, and who is receiving it?  Does having the most money guarantee victory for a candidate?   Join us, as we take a look at current candidate funding and explore how the burgeoning legacy of Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission impacts elections in New Mexico.