Effort to reveal political spending comes with own price tag

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – New Mexico’s director of elections is briefing state lawmakers on efforts to modernize an online campaign finance information system widely criticized for obscuring the complete sources and destinations of political spending.

Elections Director Kari Fresquez of the New Mexico Secretary of State’s Office is scheduled to brief a legislative technology committee Friday on the estimated $985,000 cost for the project.

Funding has yet to be secured for the new online clearinghouse for information on political contributions and lobbying expenditures, as lawmakers cope with a state budget crisis. The project was approved without appropriations in February under legislation signed by Gov. Susana Martinez.

Recently completed modernization efforts at the Secretary of State’s Office include online voter registration and a consolidated portal for business filings.

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