WASHINGTON, DC, February 1, 2019 — Secretary of State Toulouse Oliver filed a Motion to Stay the Proceedings in the Supreme Court today while, in her words, “the legislature considers legislation with a direct bearing on the claims at issue” in this case.  NCLA filed a Petition for a Writ of Mandamus with the Supreme Court of New Mexico in December asking the Justices to vacate New Mexico’s 2017 “Campaign Finance Rule” (CFR). NCLA believes the CFR violates the separation of powers guaranteed to the state’s citizens in Article III, Section I of the New Mexico Constitution.

“This is Secretary Oliver’s second motion to delay consideration of the merits of this case. It appears that she is trying desperately to avoid defending her violation of the New Mexico Constitution’s separation of powers in front of the Supreme Court.  The Petitioners will file an opposition to this Motion in due course.”—Mike DeGrandis, NCLA Senior Litigation Counsel

The Secretary must file a response to the petition by February 8, 2019.

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