SANTA FE – Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver said Wednesday she’s prepared to go to court to defend proposed New Mexico campaign rules aimed at requiring more disclosure in political spending.
However, the first-term Democratic secretary of state also acknowledged her office will have to educate candidates and the general public about the rules’ impact when they are enacted by the Secretary of State’s Office later this year.
“There is a lot of misunderstanding about what’s currently in statute, what the courts have decided and what this rule is trying to address,” Toulouse Oliver told reporters.
Her comments came after the fourth – and likely last – public hearing on the proposed rules, which have been revised from their original form based on feedback and could be changed again before being enacted. That’s expected to happen by mid-October.