Santa Fe New Mexican: Gun control bill among 70 vetoed by Gov. Martinez in a day (In the News)

Santa Fe New Mexican: Gun control bill among 70 vetoed by Gov. Martinez in a day

By Andrew Oxford

Senate Bill 96 would have required nonprofit groups that pay more than $1,000 for political advertising or campaigning to file a report with the Secretary of State’s Office detailing the expense and the organization’s donors. The bill would also have required that political advertisements include a disclaimer identifying the buyer…

In her veto message, Martinez echoed the concerns of critics who argued the bill would chill political advocacy, saddle nonprofit organizations with reporting requirements and drive donors away from some charities.

National groups on both sides of the issue lobbied on the bill to the end.

“The purpose of disclosure laws is to allow people to monitor their government, not the other way around,” said Bradley Smith, chairman of the Center for Competitive Politics, a Virginia-based group that opposes transparency in campaign finance laws.

The Center for Competitive Politics is now the Institute for Free Speech.