Santa Fe New Mexican: City Council considering repeal of law requiring public disclosure
The Santa Fe City Council is now considering a bill to repeal the city’s law requiring public disclosure of money spent by outside groups to support or oppose ballot measures in our elections.
This evaluation also is endorsed by the eminent lawyers at the Campaign Legal Center, who have successfully litigated many similar suits and who have actually offered to defend the city in this case free of charge.
We do not know why the council is nevertheless considering caving in to this baseless lawsuit by repealing our model disclosure law. If councilors have received flawed legal advice, the solution is to obtain additional opinions from the city’s ethics and campaign review board, the Campaign Legal Center or almost any lawyer knowledgeable in this field. They will tell the council that the city has a solid defense to this suit and no justification whatsoever for abandoning its model law.