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We know it’s tough to follow the money in politics. The Openness Project will change that.

Type in a name and see how easy it is. A full-search function will give you all the relevant results, whether the person you typed in is a candidate receiving contributions, a political consultant getting paid to create those mailers, a corporate executive giving the big bucks or a smaller donor kicking in $100 or so.
How about a political candidate or political action committee? Click on one and you’ll find out where their money comes from, where their money goes and how much they have as of their latest report. You’ll even get lists of the top donors and top recipients of payments.
From those individual campaign pages, click on donors to find out who else they've given to. 
You can download spreadsheets from the bottom of this page and do your own analysis.

 

We hope you’ll spend time exploring The Openness Project to get new insights in this critical 2016 election year.

This website is a product of New Mexico In Depth, utilizing data from the New Mexico Secretary of State’s office. We appreciate the assistance of NM SOS staff in creation of The Openness Project.

Our data goes back to 2010, when electronic filing became mandatory in New Mexico.

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’d like to continually improve transparency in New Mexico. But like this site, that will cost money. Please click here to donate to the Openness Project. 

 

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 an 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 2017 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

 

Embed a "Top Earners" Widget on your website. Just grab this code and voilà: 

<iframe style="border-style: none;" src="https://opennessproject.com/widgets/top-earners/" height="900" width="100%"></iframe>

 

Follow the Message

NMID has an additional Election 2016 project, Follow the Message, where we are tracking and analyzing campaign messages from candidates, PACs and super PACs--sent out in mailers, flyers, television or radio ads, or robocalls. We encourage you to share the messages you send or receive here.

Do you have Campaign Finance tips or suggestions for how we can better follow the money in politics? 

Email us at fish@nmindepth.com

 

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Data downloads

Data from this website comes from the New Mexico Secretary of State’s Campaign Finance Reporting System. Updates are provided on a weekly basis. All of the tables include data that was added to the SOS system. In some cases, data was filed prior to 2010, the overwhelming majority from 2009, which was part of the 2010 election cycle. So we included it. We make this data available in bulk for download:

Contributions Expenditures Candidates PACs