Representatives Ruiloba and McQueen Introduce Secretary of State Public Financing Bill

Representatives Ruiloba and McQueen Introduce Secretary of State Public Financing Bill

Representatives Ruiloba and McQueen Introduce Secretary of State Public Financing Bill

Bill would hold Secretary of State accountable to oversight of publically funded campaigns

 

SANTA FE – Representative Patricio Ruiloba (D-Albuquerque) and Representative Matthew McQueen (D-Galisteo) introduced House Bill 313 that would establish public financing for campaigns for the office of Secretary of State. The aim of the bill is to include the office of Secretary of State in the state’s existing public financing statute and to add transparency to other publically financed races. 

“This bill will create an opportunity for public financing for the Secretary of State position, and in doing so will create an opportunity for more transparency,” said Representative Patricio Ruiloba (D-Albuquerque). “The Secretary of State should not be receiving contributions from lobbyists since the office is in charge of overseeing compliance with finance laws.”

 

“The Secretary of State, unduly is the chief election officer of the state and oversees the campaign finance system, should not be influenced by that same campaign finance system, lobbyists or big money donations,” stated bill co-sponsor Representative Matthew McQueen (D-Galisteo).

 

House Bill 313 would change the amount and types of contributions to candidates in publicly financed races, and it would also limit distribution and matching fund provisions to candidates in uncontested races.