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