New Mexico AG wants more ‘transparency’ in campaign finance

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) – New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas says he wants to increase “transparency and accountability” in the state’s campaign finance reporting process.

Balderas sent Secretary of State Dianna Duran a letter Wednesday describing what he sees as shortcomings in the current system of campaign finance reporting.

The Democrat says he’d like to see the reinstatement of mandatory fines for violation of the Campaign Reporting Act during the upcoming legislative session.

He also recommended that Duran establish a robust notification system to better track enforcement of campaign reporting legal requirements and that she employ a dedicated officer to conduct statewide trainings.

Ken Ortiz, a spokesman for the Secretary of State, did not immediately return a phone message from The Associated Press.

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