NM to Appeal Campaign Ruling

New Mexico – Attorney General Gary King said Saturday that he is preparing an appeal of a ruling that says New Mexico cannot apply its campaign reporting law to two Albuquerque-based community action and education groups.

A U.S. district judge ruled on Aug. 3 that the state's threat to prosecute New Mexico Youth Organized, known as NMYO, and SouthWest Organizing Project, or SWOP, violated their constitutional rights.

Judge Judith C. Herrera wrote that applying state disclosure regulations to the groups falls outside guidelines set by the U.S. Supreme Court.

King issued a statement saying he disagrees with the legal reasoning used by Herrera and will ask the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn her ruling.

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