Thanks for attending our Transparency Summer Camps!

Thank you to everyone who came out to our Las Cruces and Albuquerque Transparency Summer Camps! We hope you enjoyed the camps and found them informative. The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government partnered with the New Mexico Press Association, the Society of Professional Journalists Rio Grande Chapter and New Mexico In Depth to host Transparency Summer Camp: How to find Read More …

FOG conducts IPRA Audit of Counties and State Agencies

The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government, NMFOG, has released the results of its audit to determine compliance by state agencies and counties with public records requests. The Inspection of Public Records Act requests (IPRAs) were sent by a third party to 122 New Mexico agencies and boards and all of the state’s 33 counties. Read More …

New Mexico Earns C+ on Government Spending Transparency Study

FOLLOWING THE MONEY 2016: NEW REPORT RANKS ALL FIFTY STATES ON GOVERNMENT SPENDING TRANSPARENCY A new report by the United States Public Interest Research Group found that New Mexico falls in the middle of states for online disclosure of government spending. This seventh annual evaluation of state transparency websites finds that states continue to make Read More …

Campaign Finance Reporting Bill is Off to the Governor’s Desk!

HB 105 has passed the Legislature with unanimous support! HB 105 Electronic Reporting Requirements sponsored by Rep. Jim Smith and Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto is now headed to the Governor! House Bill 105 amends the Campaign Reporting Act and the Lobbyist Regulation Act to require electronic filing of contribution and expenditure reports. The bill requires the Read More …

Campaign Finance Reporting Bill Goes to the Floor!

UPDATED: After passing the House, HB 105 is now awaiting hearings in the Senate. We’ll let you know if and when it is to be heard on the Senate floor. FOG is excited to announce that HB 105: Improve Campaign Finance is on its way to the House floor! We have testified in support of Read More …

Campaign Finance Reporting Bill Advances

Today at the Roundhouse, the House Government, Elections and Indian Affairs Committee voted unanimously in favor of HB105 sponsored by Rep. Jim Smith (R-Sandia Park). FOG spoke in support of the bill, which would require improved campaign finance reporting technology on the Secretary of State’s website. Currently, campaign finance reports housed on the Secretary of Read More …

2015 FOG Year In Review

Your generosity and enthusiasm for transparency have helped make FOG’s 25th-anniversary year a tremendous success. FOG fights for your right to know throughout New Mexico, and we do it on an annual budget of just over $100,000, with only our full-time executive director, Susan Boe; our part-time membership director, Shannon Kunkel; and our panel of Read More …

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 …

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 …

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 …