Good Government Reforms
The state of government in New Mexico
Every day, New Mexicans pay a heavy price for the overwhelming influence of money in politics. Our elected representatives are increasingly attentive to a small set of well-funded influencers and outside groups, while neglecting the most pressing issues of education and job creation. The effort in New Mexico seeks to build momentum to increase transparency, accountability and participation.
Our Focus Areas
We seek to identify the root causes of New Mexico’s most challenging problems and work to advance non-partisan, evidence-based solutions.
Everyone Deserves to Know
Lobbyists spent a record $700,000 during the 2017 legislative session and $200,000 during the 2018 30-day session yet the public and the media still don’t have access to information about who pays them and what issues and bills they were trying to influence. Solutions include requiring lobbyists to report who pays them, what bills they work on and ensure that the limited information lobbyists currently report is available to the public.
Independent political groups dramatically increased their fundraising and spending between 2006 and 2016 from $6 million to nearly $16 million (Open Secrets). Although these entities are required to report their activities, the Secretary of State has yet to roll out a system capable of sharing this information with the public.
Everyone is Held Accountable
Everyone Can Participate
Everyone Has A Voice