- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 11, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A conservative-backed organization called Concerned Veterans for America is pushing back against proposed disclosure rules in New Mexico for political spending by groups that operate independently of candidates and affiliated committees.

The Virginia-based group issued a public letter Tuesday criticizing rules that would make information available about unlimited independent political donations from corporations, unions and other groups that don’t operate primarily for political purposes.

Concerned Veterans for America Policy Director Dan Caldwell says the requirements would stifle anonymous free speech by forcing it and similar groups to reveal the names of donors.

The draft rules proposed by Democratic Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver follow in the footsteps of legislation vetoed in April by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.

Public hearings on the proposed rules are scheduled this week and next.

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