New Mexicans deserve open,
honest, accountable government.
We’re working to deliver it.

New Mexicans deserve open, honest, accountable government. We’re working to deliver it.

At Common Cause, we believe that New Mexicans deserve open, honest, accountable government … and we work every day to deliver just that.

Legislation that reforms and increases current reporting requirements for PACs, candidates, and independent spenders (i.e. amendments to the Campaign Finance Reporting Act); updates to lobbyist activity and reporting (changes in lobbyist reporting requirements and revolving door restrictions) and increasing access to this information for the public (additional transparency measures). 

Pillar I: Money In Elections and Governance

Fundamental Principle:  Money should not undermine the health of our elections or our democracy

Legislation and efforts included in this pillar focus on transparency, reasonable and fair regulation of money in elections and governance, as well as enforcement of and accountability for those regulations. Some recent examples include increased reporting requirements for PACs, candidates, and independent spenders (amendments to the Campaign Finance Reporting Act); updates to lobbyist reporting and activities (including revolving door restrictions); and increased public access to this information.

Pillar II:  Ethics and Citizen Access

Fundamental Principle:  Ethical behavior by representatives and citizen participation are crucial for a functioning and healthy democracy

Legislation and efforts included in this pillar address ethics reform and increase, as well as balance, citizen access/participation in the legislative process. Some recent examples include the creation of an ethics commission, online streaming of legislative
committees and floor sessions, and public financing to encourage more participation in elections.

Pillar III:  Voting Rights and Access

Fundamental Principle:  Democracy can only endure with fair and easy access to the ballot box

Legislation and efforts included in this pillar ensure the rights of New Mexicans to vote. Recent examples include legislation to automatically register citizens to vote when they obtain a driver’s license and legislation that allows citizens to register up until the Saturday before election day.

Pillar IV:  Democracy 911

Fundamental Principle:  When something threatens the health of our democracy,
we must fight to preserve it

Legislation and efforts included in this pillar represent urgent issues that need to be addressed in order to protect the core values of our democracy. Some recent examples include our work on independent and fair redistricting and capital outlay reform.