SANTA FE – New Mexico may take part in a fledgling effort to regulate and possibly limit the role of money in politics through an amendment to the U.S. Constitution, as legislators in a handful of states consider a pledge to help Congress with ratification.
New Mexico lawmakers are considering a nonbinding resolution called a “memorial” to urge Congress to restore greater federal and local regulation of political spending that influences elections and governance. The memorial also would pledge support for a constitutional amendment to end partisan gerrymandering.
The effort seeks to reverse Supreme Court actions including the 2010 Citizens United decision, which cleared the way for unlimited independent spending on elections.
“This is a simple way to say to Congress, ‘Pass this and come back to the state to ratify,’ ” said Rep. Linda Trujillo, D- Santa Fe, who is sponsoring the measure along with Rep. Jim Smith, R-Sandia Park, and Sen. Gerald Ortiz y Pino, D-Albuquerque.