Panel OKs Bills For Political Disclosure

SANTA FE, N.M. – Supporters say the legislation is aimed at shedding light on the source of money of corporations, unions and other groups that can spend unlimited amounts of money on political advertising in elections, often without disclosing their donors, because of a U.S. Supreme Court decision last year.

Attorney General Gary King is among the supporters.

Opponents warned that the legislation would face legal challenges. Several nonprofit groups objected that one of the proposals could restrict their efforts to educate New Mexicans about issues.

The Voters and Elections Committee agreed Thursday to send the bills to the Judiciary Committee for consideration.