Sunshine Week Legislative Recap

Recent Legislative Session Casts Shadow on Sunshine Week, Editorial by New Mexico Foundation for Open Government President Greg Williams. Closed-door budget talks and a failed effort to create a transparent ethics commission largely shaded the recent New Mexico Legislative session from sunlight, but 2016 did see two incremental victories for transparency. Sunshine Week is March Read More …

DOH makes medical marijuana producer information public

Following a lawsuit filed by freelance reporter Peter St. Cyr and NMFOG, the Department of Health has now complied with the state’s public records law and made the names of med-pot producers public. The Santa Fe Reporter discusses the lawsuit and its importance on Gene Grant’s New Mexico In Focus program “The Line.” The Albuquerque 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 …

Join us for our fifth-annual CLE!

Public Records and Open Meetings: Looking for Sunlight! Register for FOG’s fifth-annual Continuing Legal Education seminar for attorneys, public officials, journalists and citizens. Approval pending for 6 continuing education credits, including 1 ethics credit. Continuing Legal Education Thursday, May 5, 2016 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Albuquerque Journal 7777 Jefferson St. NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 Read More …

Transparency promotes economic development, research confirms.

With a struggling economy and the highest unemployment in the nation, New Mexico business leaders say it’s time for more open-government reforms. New polling finds that shedding a light on campaign finance reports, lobbyist spending, and political contributions would help to prevent corruption and build both public trust and investor confidence in our state. Two-thirds 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 …

Center for Public Integrity Gives New Mexico a D-

UPDATED: Listen to the KUNM call-in show with Gwyneth Doland analyzing New Mexico’s scorecard. A new scorecard released by The Center for Public Integrity today gave New Mexico an overall ‘D-‘ for transparency and accountability in state government. Most troubling, our state received an ‘F’ for Public Access to Information. The study illustrates the need for Read More …

Did diocese’s auctioneer mislead bankruptcy judge?

Published in the Gallup Independent, Gallup, N.M., Oct. 14, 2015   By Elizabeth Hardin-Burrola Independent correspondent religion@gallupindependent.com   ALBUQUERQUE — When U.S. Bankruptcy Judge David T. Thuma made his decision not to invalidate the Diocese of Gallup’s property auction in Albuquerque after the public and media were barred from attending, Thuma said he based his Read More …

New Mexico open government group marks 25th birthday

Article by By Olivier Uyttebrouck / Journal Staff Writer Casting a light on the public’s business – by opening records and meetings – has been the goal of the nonprofit New Mexico Foundation for Open Government, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Either by persuasion or through legal action, the nonpartisan group has Read More …

Thank you for making our Dixon Lunch a tremendous success!

Our 25th anniversary year First Amendment Dixon Awards Lunch was our best event yet – and it’s all thanks to our wonderful supporters like you!   We hope you enjoyed the FOG 25-year history video.  Thanks to Kent Walz, Rep. Jim Dines, Terri Cole, and Roger Thompson Voiceover for their participation.  Thanks to Charles “Bazz” Read More …