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Legislative leaders take command of campaign resources

The Associated Press
July 29, 2019 01:32 PM

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - New rules for funneling resources to political campaigns in New Mexico may provide legislative and party leaders with a stronger hand in influencing the outcome of elections, as Democrats assert their control over the Legislature and governor's office.

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The Democratic House speaker and Republican minority leader have registered specialized political committees this month that can command vast resources through unlimited non-cash contributions.

Democratic House Speaker Brian Egolf says his legislative caucus committee is likely to provide campaign strategy services and door-to-door canvassing in key legislative races.

The committees are one outcome of legislation aimed at disclosing more about the sources of political contributions by independent expenditure groups and others.

Transparency advocate Austin Graham of the Campaign Legal Center describes some provisions as a "power grab by legislative leadership."
 

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