Nonprofits Continue Legal Battle

Last spring, the groups sent a set of mailers to voters after the legislative session that pointed out campaign contributions and the voting records of some state lawmakers.  Those mailers led to  a legal storm that’s lasted more than a year.

After a lawsuit was filed by three defeated Democrats in the June primary, Secretary of State Mary Herrera ruled last year that New Mexico Youth Organized, or NMYO, a project of the Center for Civic Policy, and the Southwest Organizing Project must register as political action committees, or PACS, and disclose their donors.

The nonprofits have argued that they followed federal guidelines in both the language and timing of the mailers and the federal district court judge ruled in their favor last month.


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