Sunday, November 9, 2008

NM Judge Dismisses 3 Defeated State Lawmakers' Suit Alleging 2 Nonprofits Violated NM's Campaign Finance Law

Recently, an Albuquerque judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by two state senators and 1 representative who were defeated in the June Democratic primary and then sued several nonprofits who had distributed campaign literature against them.

State Sen. Shannon Robinson, Sen. James Taylor, and Rep. Dan Silva allege their election opponents acted with nonprofit groups and others to evade New Mexico's campaign finance law. The nonprofits include New Mexico Youth Organized and the Center for Civic Policy, both of which have been at the forefront of an effort to adopt ethics reform in the state Legislature. The suit sought to overturn the results of the primary.

The lawsuit alleged money was transferred to secretly pay the nonprofit groups to finance mailers pointing out Robinson, Taylor, and Silva's campaign contributions as well as various votes on ethics bills and other issues.

Robinson, Taylor, and Silva plan to appeal the case to the New Mexico Supreme Court.

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