We know it’s tough to follow the money in New Mexico politics. The Openness Project changes that, with robust visualizations and searchable content designed to help you understand who's raising the most money and who's giving the most money. 

The 2018 state elections will bring the state a new governor. And there are a couple more statewide offices that are wide open as well. State legislators are running this year, and there are a host of county elections. We've included them all here. 

During the course of 2018, this site will also include links to the best campaign reporting in New Mexico, both from NM In Depth as well as our reporting friends at other outlets. 

We hope you’ll spend time exploring The Openness Project to get new insights in this critical 2018 election year.

This website is a product of New Mexico In Depth, utilizing data from the New Mexico Secretary of State’s office. We greatly appreciate the assistance of New Mexico Secretary of State staff in helping us acquire the data we need for the Openness Project. 

The site is updated on or shortly after each official reporting period. New Mexico In Depth staff are updating the folks who are running in each race as we become aware of them. Have we missed someone? Please let us know, send a message to marjorie@nmindepth.com. 

We’ve tracked both candidates and political action committees. Some candidate pages may include details on multiple runs for office. PACs also include data over the entire time frame up to the latest reporting date.

We will be adding new updates to the site over the course of the spring, as new reporting requirements will be coming to fruition for the April reporting period.

These sorts of projects are expensive, but super important. Please click here to support our work. 

Some basic campaign finance rules

Who has to report?

Candidates must register with the NM SOS and report their fundraising and spending when it exceeds $1,000. PACs must file reports when they raise or spend more than $500.

Original candidate and committee filings aren’t available online.

What are the contribution limits?

Contribution limits increase gradually over time. Corporations, unions and individuals are allowed to contribute to both candidates and political action committees.

Limits for 2018 races are:

  From an individual From a PAC
To a Non-Statewide Candidate $2,500 $5,500
To a Statewide Candidate $5,500 $5,500
To a PAC $5,500 $5,500

When do candidates and PACs have to file?

Filing dates for 2018 are here.

What about super PACs?

Under the 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Citizens United, super PACs may receive unlimited amounts of cash. But they aren’t supposed to coordinate their activities with candidates or political parties.

Super PACs must follow the same reporting schedules as candidates and other PACs.

Super PAC money is typically spent on “independent expenditures,” from TV ads to robocalls to polling to those fliers you get in the mail. But New Mexico doesn’t require super PACs to disclose what races they made those independent expenditures in.


Other resources

New Mexico In Depth's Election 2016 Reporting 

New Mexico Secretary of State

New Mexico Campaign Reporting Act (PDF)

NM SOS Campaign Finance Information System

NM SOS 2016 Election FAQ


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