Campaign finance requirements for New Mexico ballot measures

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Campaign finance requirements for New Mexico ballot measures are promulgated by the New Mexico Secretary of State. The Secretary of State is responsible for administering the state's campaign finance laws. The Secretary of State maintains web links to past campaign finance reports.

All campaign finance violations are referred to the Attorney General[1][2].

General requirements

Political committee designation

Under New Mexico law, any group in support or opposition of a ballot issue is considered to be a Political Action Committee[3].

Statement of Organization

Any Political Committee in support or opposition of a ballot measure must file a Statement of Organization with the Secretary of State if they intend to make expenditures or receive contributions of $500 or more. This must be done within ten days of meeting that threshold[4].

Campaign finance requirements

Anonymous contributions

No Political Action Committee can accept anonymous contributions more than $100[5].

Bank account requirement

Political committees cannot use personal bank accounts and establish a separate bank account at the same time to fund campaign expenses[6].

Cash contribution limit

No campaign can accept contributions of $1,000 or more made with cash[7].

Electronic reports

All groups in support or opposition to a ballot measure must file their reports electronically[8].

Phone bank restriction

New Mexico law requires all Political Committees to disclose who paid for materials including phones for phone banking. This is for campaigns planning to make more than 500 calls[9]. Also, the person or group who paid for the calls must be disclosed during all phone conversations[10].

Reporting requirements and reports

New Mexico uses a semi-annual reporting system in off-years and a quarterly system during the election year. In off year elections reports are due twice a year on the Second Monday in April and October[11].

April report

The first report covers all campaign finance activity from January 1 to the first Monday in April. The report is due on the second Monday in April[12].

May report

The second report covers all campaign finance activity from first Monday in April to first Monday in May. The report is due on the second Monday in May[13].

September report

The third report covers all campaign finance activity from first Monday in May to first Monday in September. The report is due on the second Monday in September[14].

October report

The fourth report covers all campaign finance activity from first Monday in September to first Monday in October. The report is due on the second Monday in October[15].

Pre-Election report

The pre-election report covers all campaign finance activity from the first Monday in October to the Tuesday before the election. The report is due on the Thursday before the election. The report includes all contributions of $2,500 or more which must be reported in 24 hours during the reporting period[16].

Post-Election report

The post-election report covers all campaign expenditures from the remaining days before the election up to twenty-five days after the election. The report is due thirty days after the election[17].

Campaign advertising restrictions

All printed advertisements must disclose the sponsor (who paid for the ad) and the person or firm who printed the ad[18][19]. There are no disclaimer requirements for television and radio ads.

Terminating a committee

A committee can terminate when they are no outstanding campaign debts, all money has been expended properly, and the bank account is closed[20].

External links

References

  1. New Mexico Secretary of State "New Mexico Campaign Reporting Act"(Referenced Statute 1-19-34.6 (A)-(B), New Mexico Code)
  2. New Mexico Secretary of State "New Mexico Campaign Reporting Act"(Referenced Statute 1-19-36 (B), New Mexico Code)
  3. New Mexico Secretary of State "New Mexico Campaign Reporting Act"(Referenced Statute 1-19-26 (L)-(M), New Mexico Code)
  4. New Mexico Secretary of State "New Mexico Campaign Reporting Act"(Referenced Statute 1-19-26.1 (A)-(B), New Mexico Code)
  5. New Mexico Secretary of State "New Mexico Campaign Reporting Act"(Referenced Statute 1-19-39 (B) New Mexico Code)
  6. New Mexico Secretary of State "New Mexico Campaign Reporting Act"(Referenced Statute 1-19-39 A-(C) New Mexico Code)
  7. New Mexico Secretary of State "New Mexico Campaign Reporting Act"(Referenced Statute 1-19-39 (C) New Mexico Code)
  8. New Mexico Secretary of State "New Mexico Campaign Reporting Act"(Referenced Statute 1-19-29.1(J) New Mexico Code)
  9. "New Mexico Secretary of State "New Mexico Campaign Reporting Act"(Referenced Statute 1-19-26.3(A), New Mexico Code)
  10. New Mexico Secretary of State "New Mexico Campaign Reporting Act"(Referenced Statute 1-19-26.3(B), New Mexico Code)
  11. New Mexico Secretary of State "New Mexico Campaign Reporting Act"(Referenced Statute 1-19-29 (A), New Mexico Code)
  12. New Mexico Secretary of State "New Mexico Campaign Reporting Act"(Referenced Statute 1-19-29 (B)-(1), New Mexico Code)
  13. New Mexico Secretary of State "New Mexico Campaign Reporting Act"(Referenced Statute 1-19-29 (B)-(2), New Mexico Code)
  14. New Mexico Secretary of State "New Mexico Campaign Reporting Act"(Referenced Statute 1-19-29 (B)-(3) New Mexico Code)
  15. New Mexico Secretary of State "New Mexico Campaign Reporting Act"(Referenced Statute 1-19-29 (B)-(4) New Mexico Code)
  16. New Mexico Secretary of State "New Mexico Campaign Reporting Act"(Referenced Statute 1-19-29 (B)-(5) New Mexico Code)
  17. New Mexico Secretary of State "New Mexico Campaign Reporting Act"(Referenced Statute 1-19-29 (B)-(4) New Mexico Code)
  18. New Mexico Secretary of State "New Mexico Campaign Reporting Act"(Referenced Statute 1-19-16 (A)-(B), New Mexico Code)
  19. New Mexico Secretary of State "New Mexico Campaign Reporting Act"(Referenced Statute 1-19-36 (B), New Mexico Code)
  20. New Mexico Secretary of State "New Mexico Campaign Finance Law"(Referenced Statute 1-19-29(F)-(3))