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Hearing planned on new campaign law

Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver

SANTA FE — Lawmakers this year approved legislation strengthening New Mexico’s disclosure requirements for political spending by “dark-money” groups.

The state’s top election officer is now seeking public comment on a proposed rule clarifying how the new law will be enforced.

A public hearing is scheduled at 1 p.m. Aug. 16 in the Capitol, focusing on regulations for independent expenditure reporting, advertising and legislative caucus committees.

“The proposed amendment to the existing Campaign Finance Rule will give the public a better understanding of who is trying to influence our elections by providing more transparency and accountability in campaign finance reporting,” Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver said in a written statement. “In order to make this amended rule work in the best possible way it can, I encourage every New Mexican to participate in this rulemaking process and to provide their comments and feedback.”

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