New Mexico Foundation for Open Government

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The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government (NMFOG) is an organization promoting government transparency and protecting Freedom of Information in New Mexico. The organization offers the Freedom of Information Hotline, which citizens can call for support if they are denied access to an open meeting or to public records.

Mission statement

The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government is an educational and charitable organization with a single mission--to help the general public, students, educators, public officials, media and legal professionals understand, obtain and exercise:

  • Their First Amendment rights.
  • Their rights and responsibilities under the New Mexico Open Meetings, Inspection of Public Records and Arrest Record Information Acts.
  • Their rights under the federal Freedom of Information Act.

Transparency projects

Notable activism

Albuquerque private investigator Eric Griego filed suit with the state Taxation and Revenue Department in 2006, saying that the department had been withholding open records from him. With the help of lawyers from NMFOG the case was settled in 2008 for the record amount of $117,500, plus legal fees of $25,970.[1]

Contact information

New Mexico Foundation for Open Government
115 Gold Avenue SW, Suite 201
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Hotline telephone: (888) 843-9121
Albuquerque Area: (505) 764-3750
E-mail: info at nmfog dot org
Fax: (505) 764-3714

External links

References

  1. Open records case: State racks up hefty attorney fees, Santa Fe New Mexican, November 15, 2008