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CONTINUING ISSUES WITH THE FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE ACT
More than a year removed from the publishing of NMEW’s first Financial Disclosure Act (FDA) report, detailing compliance with the FDA by cabinet secretaries and legislators, New Mexico Ethics Watch (NMEW) conducted a follow-up examination. The 2018 statements examined require reporting of 2017 sources of income, business and real estate interests, and business with and representation before state agencies, for the following state officials and their spouses: cabinet secretaries, the governor and lieutenant governor, legislators, and candidates for the legislature. While most financial disclosure statements NMEW reviewed contained reportable discrepancies on their face, NMEW used distinct criteria in determining whether to conduct further inquiry into what was or was not reported on a statement, in order to gain clarity and information and a full picture of an official’s compliance with the FDA.