Court rejects challenge to rule on contribution disclosures

By – Associated Press – Saturday, March 9, 2019

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – The New Mexico Supreme Court has turned away Republican legislators’ lawsuit challenging Democratic Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver’s move to require more disclosure of contributors to so-called dark money organizations that spend on political campaigns.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that all five justices concurred Friday in denial of the petition by state Sens. Mark Moores of Albuquerque and Bill Sharer of Farmington, and state Reps. Jim Strickler of Farmington and David Gallegos of Eunice.

The lawmakers contended that Toulouse Oliver’s implementation of a disclosure rule was an attempted “end-run around New Mexico’s Constitution.”

The new rule requires such groups to report the names and addresses of those contributing above certain thresholds.

Legislation to require disclosures was vetoed by former Gov. Susana Martinez, a Republican.

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