Attorney General Balderas Announces Support for State Ethics Commission’s Proposed Overhaul of the Financial Disclosure Act; an Effective Way to Reduce Political Corruption in New Mexico

Contact: Jerri Mares  (505) 321-4372

ALBUQUERQUE, NM—Today, Attorney General Balderas announced support for
legislation proposed by the State Ethics Commission that would dramatically overhaul
New Mexico’s existing Financial Disclosure Act. As it currently stands, the Act requires
certain public officers to file disclosure statements with the Secretary of State listing
various categories of financial-related information. However, critics of the Act have
noted it is unduly vague as to who is required to make a disclosure and is similarly
vague as to what must be disclosed.
The proposed legislation would clarify to whom it applies and would require specific
disclosures concerning all income sources over $600.00. It would also broaden the
scope of necessary reporting to include the identification of ownership assets,
business-entity relationships, liabilities, membership and other positions in non-profit
organizations, and gifts.
“This proposed revamp of the Financial Disclosure Act is long overdue and must be fully
funded,” said Attorney General Balderas. “The current system is ineffective and has
been plagued by too many shadows; taxpayers must have the ability to follow the
The Office of the Attorney General has prosecuted a record amount of white collar
corruption cases.

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