Legislative Leaders Take Command Of Campaign Resources

Associated Press

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

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