New Mexico Supreme Court to Hear Contribution Dispute - State and Federal Communications

August 8, 2014  •  

New Mexico Supreme Court to Hear Contribution Dispute

New Mexico flagThe state Supreme Court has issued a preliminary order and set a hearing on a campaign finance lawsuit filed by Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gary King. The preliminary order blocks Secretary of State Dianna Duran from forcing King to handover $10,900 in contributions.

At the center of the dispute is a state law limiting campaign contributions to $5,200 for a primary election and $5,200 for a general election. King’s post-primary report reflected contributions received after the date of the primary and in amounts more than the $5,200 general election limit, but at or under the $10,400 two-election limit.

Duran contends a candidate may not accept contributions attributable to the primary after the election has occurred when offered by donors who have given the maximum amount for the general election. The Office of the Secretary of State has previously advised candidates to provide clarification on the campaign report if a contribution should be applied to more than one election.

The hearing is scheduled for August 28, 2014.

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