Duran case demonstrates the importance of transparency

FOG Executive Susan Boe penned an opinion piece that was published in NMPolitics.net: COMMENTARY: The recent allegations about Secretary of State Dianna Duran have pulled back the curtain on campaign finance reports — those pesky forms that candidates, lobbyists and political committees must file with the secretary of state (SOS) periodically to record their contributions and Read More …

Thank you, Santa Fe and sponsors!

We had a soldout crowd for our first-ever Santa Fe event, “Don’t Stop the Presses! An evening to celebrate free speech.” We had such a great audience, and we could not have done it without the generosity of our sponsors. We are appreciative of the businesses, media outlets, and individuals who took a stand for Read More …

FOG Review of Government Websites

The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government has conducted an extensive review of New Mexico city and county websites.  The review is an opportunity to provide guidance to government bodies by identifying best practices for websites.  FOG is dedicated to ensuring that the public can easily access information from its government. The FOG audit examined Read More …

FOG Applauds County’s Move to Resume Releasing Juvenile Arrest Records

The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government received notice today from Bernalillo County that it will resume releasing booking sheets and mug shots of juveniles under the care of the Bernalillo County Youth Services Center. This announcement was accompanied by the release of records related to juveniles recently arrested in conjunction with a high-profile shooting Read More …

FOG response to possible DOH rule change

Less than a week after the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government and journalist Peter St. Cyr filed a lawsuit seeking release of the names of licensed medical cannabis producers in New Mexico, Gov. Susana Martinez has issued a directive to the State Department of Health to rewrite its rule keeping those names secret. “Even Read More …

Congratulations, 2015 Dixon Award Honorees!

Four New Mexicans have been selected by our board of directors for FOG’s top honor – the Dixon First Amendment Award. Given since 2002, the award is in memory of FOG co-founder and longtime board member William S. Dixon, who was an Albuquerque attorney and leading defender of the First Amendment and the state’s sunshine laws. Read More …

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Transparency and the 2015 Legislative Session

Although the sun was at high noon when it ended, the 2015 Legislative Session won’t be remembered as the Sunshine Session. Cue the theme song from Sergio Leone’s “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” for a look at the 60 day term in the light of transparency. Proceedings started on a high and good Read More …

Police, Public and Press: Shining a Light on Officer Shootings

The NMSU Library, NMSU Department of Journalism & Mass Communications, and NMSU Alumnus Tim Parker are presenting “Police, Public and Press: Shining Light on Officer Shootings.” The event, held on Thursday, April 2, 2015, will commemorate Sunshine Week, which celebrates the public’s access to information, open records, and open government. It will begin at 5 Read More …

New Mexico 35th in Online Access to Government Spending Data

U.S. PIRG released a report yesterday ranking and grading states on online budgetary transparency.  New Mexico faired better than some, but shows plenty of room for improvement, receiving a ‘C+’ and a score of 77 out of a possible 100. FOLLOWING THE MONEY 2015: “Every year, state governments spend hundreds of billions of dollars through Read More …