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SANTA FE – A new rule aimed at requiring more disclosure of political spending took effect Tuesday, after months of sharp-edged debate about whether New Mexico should join 47 other states that already make independent expenditure groups that spend money on election-related advertisements report at least some information.
Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver rolled out the rule in June, just two months after Gov. Susana Martinez vetoed legislation that would have changed state law to require more disclosure.
The first-term Democratic secretary of state faced opposition from several national groups that argued the rules would curb free speech rights and could lead to individuals being harassed because of their political donations. Critics also suggested a lawsuit might be filed if the rules were implemented.