Think New Mexico Overview
Geographic areas served: New Mexico
A series of scandals involving government contractors and lobbyists has undermined public trust in government at a time when state and local governments face serious challenges that will require public confidence and support to solve. Most of these scandals involve "pay to play" corruption in which special interests make political contributions in order to increase their chances of receiving public dollars. To combat pay to play corruption in New Mexico, Think New Mexico has proposed that the legislature and governor enact legislation prohibiting registered lobbyists and major government contractors from making political contributions to state officials. In addition to prohibiting these special interests from donating directly, Think New Mexico recommends barring them from bundling political contributions from other donors and delivering them to candidates. A dozen other states have already enacted similar laws, and elected officials in those states have found that the reforms have improved the political culture. Think New Mexico's proposed reform builds on the state's existing Gift Act, which prohibits state contractors, recipients of major government subsidies, and registered lobbyists from making gifts worth more than $250 to state candidates or public officials.
More information is available at: http://www.thinknewmexico.org/paytoplay.html
Think New Mexico is a results-oriented think tank whose mission is to improve the quality of life for all New Mexicans, especially those who lack a strong voice in the political process. We fulfill this mission by educating the public, the media, and policymakers about some of the most serious problems facing New Mexico and by developing and advocating for effective, comprehensive, sustainable solutions to those problems.
Our approach is to perform and publish sound, nonpartisan, independent research. Unlike many think tanks, Think New Mexico does not subscribe to any particular ideology. Instead, because New Mexico is at or near the bottom of so many national rankings, our focus is on promoting workable solutions.
Consistent with our nonpartisan approach, Think New Mexico''s board is composed of Democrats, Independents, and Republicans. They are statesmen and stateswomen, who have no agenda other than to see New Mexico succeed. They are also the brain trust of this think tank.
Think New Mexico began its operations on January 1, 1999. It is a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. In order to maintain its independence, Think New Mexico does not accept state government funding. However, contributions from individuals, businesses, and foundations are welcomed, encouraged and tax-deductible.