New Mexico lawmakers renew effort to pass political action committee spending bill

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SANTA FE, New Mexico — A New Mexico Senate Democrat and a House Republican plan to co-sponsor legislation to define the relationship between candidates and political action committees when it comes to campaign finance.

Similar bills have failed in previous years but Sen. Peter Wirth said Monday he is hopeful of passage this year because of bipartisan support. The Santa Fe Democrat said the bill will be introduced following a review by the New Mexico Secretary of State. Republican James Smith of Sandia Park will be the sponsoring the measure in the House.

The Albuquerque Journal reported ( ) that super PACs, which aren't supposed to coordinate with candidates, spent millions of dollars on elections in New Mexico last year but there is no law that defines what exactly coordination is.

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