Santa Fe New Mexican: Both sides in ‘dark money’ debate voice concerns at hearing (In the News)

Santa Fe New Mexican: Both sides in ‘dark money’ debate voice concerns at hearing

By Andrew Oxford

Opponents and some supporters of proposed rules to expand required disclosure of political spending agree on one thing: The regulations could reach beyond big-spending “dark money” groups.

The first of three public hearings on the rules proposed by Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver took place Thursday…

Tyler Martinez from the Center for Competitive Politics, a nonprofit Virginia group that says its mission is to protect political speech, said he was concerned the proposed reporting requirements would be an added burden on nonprofits. Some nonprofits are permitted to engage in electioneering, as long as that isn’t their primary purpose.

The regulations “would mandate detailed record keeping and force groups to create multiple bank accounts and solicitations,” Martinez said in comments submitted to the Secretary of State’s Office.

The rules would “likely place a heavy burden … on any entity that speaks using the name of a candidate, including charities,” he said.

The rule could affect fundraising, he said, and force nonprofit groups to reject some anonymous donations.

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