SANTA FE – Of the 55 New Mexico board and commissions whose members are required to file annual financial disclosures, just three were fully compliant with state law last year, according a new report by an ethics watchdog group.
Take the eight-member state Human Rights Commission, for instance, which had just two members file their required disclosure forms on time. Two other members filed late, and four did not file at all.
The New Mexico Ethics Watch found similarly lax compliance in dozens of other boards and commissions, including several university boards of regents. The group spent nearly a year compiling the data, and will release its report today.
“One of the main things we all want to see is transparency,” said Kathleen Sabo, the group’s executive director. “Citizens want to see whether elected and appointed officials might be doing things to benefit themselves instead of working for the public interest.”