Candidates & Campaigns

2018 New Mexico Public Financing Guide

“As a long-time advocate of public financing, it’s important to make sure candidates have up-to-date information so they can participate in the program,” said Secretary of State Toulouse Oliver.  “This guide is a helpful tool for all candidates who are interested in pursuing public financing for their political campaigns.”

Here is the all of the information interested candidates will need to apply for public financing in the 2018 election cycle.

The Voter Action Act (VAA) provides individuals seeking candidacy for eligible offices with an opportunity to apply for public funds to finance the candidate’s campaign.  The funds are held by the state treasury in the Public Election Fund and disbursed to candidates once they are certified by the Office of the Secretary of State (SOS).

Candidates for the Public Regulation Commission (PRC) and statewide judicial offices (New Mexico Supreme Court Justice and Court of Appeals Judge) are eligible to apply for public financing under the VAA. The VAA specifically excludes judicial retention elections from public financing.

The following covered offices are eligible to apply for public financing in the 2018 election cycle:

1. Judge of the Court of Appeals – Position 1 (vacated by Michael Bustamante)
2. Judge of the Court of Appeals – Position 2 (vacated by Roderick Kennedy)
3. Judge of the Court of Appeals – Position 3 (vacated by James Wechsler)
4. Judge of the Court of Appeals – Position 4 (Jonathan Sutin)
5. Judge of the Court of Appeals – Position 5 (Timothy Garcia)
6. Public Regulation Commissioner – District #2
7. Public Regulation Commissioner – District #4
8. Public Regulation Commissioner – District #5​

Participation in public financing is optional, however, candidates that opt to participate are required to follow the application process prescribed by the SOS in order to meet all requirements for certification as set forth in the VAA.

Our office will happily assist candidates and their campaign committees with the VAA application and certification process for public financing.  If you are pursuing public financing, we strongly suggest you review both the VAA and the New Mexico Public Financing Guide for the 2018 Election Cycle before beginning the process.

Here are the forms interested candidates will need to apply for public financing:

For further information, please contact the ethics staff of the Bureau of Elections: 
New Mexico Bureau of Elections – Ethics Staff
Telephone: (505) 827-3600 / (800) 477-3632
Email:  sos.ethics@state.nm.us

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