Release: Toulouse Oliver’s Efforts Spur Campaign Finance Fix

Toulouse Oliver’s Efforts Spur Campaign Finance Fix

Candidate Exposes SOS Website Flaw, Prompts Greater Transparency & Accountability

For Immediate Release
Thursday August 11th, 2016
Contact: Alan Packman

The day after Secretary of State candidate Maggie Toulouse Oliver exposed a serious flaw in the way that campaign expenditures are made available to the public, the New Mexico Secretary of State’s office announced on Thursday that they had fixed the problem.
 
"Thank you to Secretary Winter and his staff for their quick attention and hard work on this important transparency issue," said Toulouse Oliver. "Ensuring public trust and accountability around campaign finance issues must be a top priority for our state. I commend their efforts to resolve this matter promptly. Our last Secretary went to jail for campaign finance violations. This is something I take very seriously.”

In revealing the problem with the system, Toulouse Oliver had noted that transparency issues are of the utmost importance in New Mexico following the indictment and conviction – including jail time -- of former Secretary of State Dianna Duran for falsifying campaign finance reports.
 
"While it is certainly good news that the public now has access to accurate information and this specific issue has been resolved,” Toulouse Oliver said, “I am focused on the full range of disclosure and transparency initiatives that our state must undertake to truly ensure integrity in the Secretary of State’s office, including full disclosure of in-kind contributions and their purpose, expanded lobbyist reporting so that the public understands the interactions between lobbyists and elected officials, and the establishment of a statewide ethics commission."
 
Toulouse Oliver has been highlighting concerns around the current Campaign Finance Information System for many years. As Secretary of State, she will take immediate action to ensure that campaign finance information is easily accessible, fully searchable and completely transparent to the public.
 
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Background:

Maggie has served as Bernalillo County Clerk since 2007 and has made protecting the right to vote, improving the integrity of the election process and ensuring accountable leadership her top priorities.
 
Recognizing the need for important reforms to New Mexico's campaign finance and electoral systems that allow for transparency and accountability in government, Maggie has been an outspoken advocate for the establishment of a Statewide Ethics Commission and an overhaul of how campaign contributions are tracked, reported and audited.
 
As our next Secretary of State, Maggie will build on her progress modernizing the election process and protecting the right to vote, and work to ensure public trust in New Mexico's governmental institutions.
 
Maggie is a 2009 recipient of a New Mexico Technology Excellence award. In 2011, Maggie received the Distinguished Service Award from United Voters NM and Verified Voting NM for her work in promoting election integrity. In 2012, she was named one of NM Business Weekly’s “40 under 40” young professionals. Maggie was named one of "30 Women to Watch" by MSNBC and to Democracy for America's "Dean's Dozen" in 2014 and earned Common Cause New Mexico's "Best in Government 2015" award for her efforts to pass an on-line voter registration bill.
 
Maggie grew up in New Mexico, attended Albuquerque Public Schools and received her Master’s Degree in Political Science from the University of New Mexico. She lives in Albuquerque with her two sons.