New Mexico

Clean Elections candidates win nearly 400 seats.

Clean Elections programs expanded in this week’s election as voters in six states showed their approval of the system that gives citizens greater authority of their government. At least 376 Clean Elections officials were elected on Tuesday, and that number could grow as more election results are determined. See the full release here.

 

Arizona

Richardson On Public Financing

New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson just ducked out of the presidential race and his post-exit interview with Neil Cavuto at Fox News made a pitch for public financing of elections at the federal level to even out the playing field for candidates who have good experience, but lean resources.

Here's where it came up:


Richardson's Lobbyist Donations Criticized

New Mexico Governor and presidential hopeful Bill Richardson is getting criticism for taking money for his presidential bid from people and groups currently lobbying the New Mexico government. Some are calling it a pay-to-play situation, but Richardson denies any ulterior motive.

While Richardson lags far behind the front-runners on the Democratic tickets, some critics say he's using banking on the power of his current office to buy a ticket to a new one:

 

Albuquerque Tests New System

Already four candidates for Albuquerque City Council plan to run under the new full public financing system passed by ballot initiative in 2005. Two candidates in district two (an incumbent and a challenger), and two in district six plan to use the program in this, the first year it is available. Public financing supporters in New Mexico are excited by this rate of participation and so are we!

 

New Law in New Mexico?

The New Mexico legislature went into a special session to deal with a number of pending bills; one of the two that emerged from it was a bill to expand the state's public financing program - currently in place for the Public Regulation Commission - to judicial races. Governor Bill Richardson supports the idea, but wants to veto a portion of the bill that would require a ballot initiative amending the state constitution to eliminate retention elections.