ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico got a D-minus and tied for 34th among the states in an assessment by the Center for Public Integrity and Global Integrity of what state governments are doing to deter corruption.
The assessment of accountability and transparency, which relied on data collected in 13 categories, said that behind New Mexico’s score of 61 is “widespread and systemic weaknesses in overseeing ethics, campaign finance and lobbying.”
The top three states – Alaska, California and Connecticut – earned only C’s. Thirty-six states got D’s, while 11 got F’s.
According to a national overview from the organization, “in state after state, open records laws are laced with exemptions and part-time legislators and agency officials engage in glaring conflicts of interests and cozy relationships with lobbyists.”