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Supreme Court denies campaign finance challenge

SANTA FE — The state Supreme Court on Friday rejected a petition filed by four Republican lawmakers seeking to block enforcement of 2017 campaign finance rules that require more disclosure of political spending by independent groups.

The petition, filed in December, had accused Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver of overstepping her authority when she imposed the new disclosure requirements, after a series of public hearings

She put the rules in place after then-Gov. Susana Martinez had vetoed legislation that included similar disclosure requirements.

New Mexico’s five Supreme Court justice issued an order denying the legal challenge Friday. It had been filed by Sen. William Sharer of Farmington, Sen. Mark Moores of Albuquerque, Rep. James Strickler of Farmington and Rep. David Gallegos of Eunice, all Republicans.

Legislation aimed at strengthening the disclosure rules further has passed the Senate and is awaiting action in the House this session.

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