September 12th, 2013 | Comments Off
The group that is airing radio ads criticizing Gov. Susana Martinez over how she has handled the behavioral health audit and resulting mental health suspensions is run by lobbyist Linda Siegle and her wife Liz Stefanics.
The group, New Mexicans Fighting For Behavioral Health, is operating as a non-profit like the group that is airing pro-Marinez ads and so is not required to list its donors or its expenditures. This differs from political action committees and politicians’ committees, which have a degree of transparency.
From Terrell’s post:
Siegle said several individuals, including some of the New Mexico behavioral health providers who were defunded after an outside audit, and groups contributed to the ad. The groups include Health Action New Mexico,
New Mexico Voices for Children,the National Association of Social Workers, the New Mexico Psychological Association and the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
Siegle said the group has raised about $3,500.
See update below for word on the funders.
Listen to the ad at Terrell’s blog.
The ad by New Mexico Competes, the group run by a former deputy cabinet secretary in the Martinez administration, is running statewide on radio for a week.
But both are getting their fair share of earned media — in large part because of the opacity of the groups.
This is what the open government group the Sunlight Foundation calls “dark money.” And it has become an increasingly large part of the political process.
Here in New Mexico, these first ads in the 2014 race are not from a candidate’s committee or PAC — but these dark money groups.
Expect more of it as November 2014 draws nearer.
Siegle emailed NM Telegram. In part:
As the person interviewed I did NOT provide the names of any donors. I simply provided the names of some groups and organizations who were participating in our discussions. The NM Psychological Association, Voices or Children and NAMI have not donated any funds to this cause.
Written by Matthew Reichbach
Matthew Reichbach has blogged about New Mexico politics since 2006. Matthew was a co-founder of New Mexico FBIHOP with his brother and part of the original hirings at the groundbreaking website the New Mexico Independent. Matthew has covered events such as the Democratic National Convention and Netroots Nation. In addition to politics, Matthew is an avid sports fan, especially of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and TV fan.
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