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Thursday, November 06, 2008

Sore Loser Lawsuit Against NM Nonprofits Dismissed Without Hearing

The Center for Civic Policy just released a statement about the dismissal of the crazy "conspiracy lawsuit" filed against a number of nonprofits and candidates by Rep. Dan Silva, Sen. Shannon Robinson and Sen. James Taylor, all of whom lost their seats in the New Mexico Legislature to reformers in the June 3rd Democratic primary. I'll be writing more about this soon but, for now, suffice it to say that the good guys won:

Today, the frivolous lawsuit brought against New Mexico Youth Organized, the Center for Civic Policy and a number of nonprofit organizations was dismissed. The suit was brought against the organizations in August by former state Representative Dan Silva and former state Senators Shannon Robinson and James Taylor.

"We are pleased with today's news and we certainly feel vindicated," said Matt Brix, policy director for the Center for Civic Policy. "This lawsuit was nothing more than an attempt to muzzle nonprofit organizations from educating the public about how their legislators vote. We look forward to continuing our work, including educating the public about how elected officials vote and from whom they receive contributions."

The suit brought by Silva, Robinson and Taylor was dismissed in its entirety against all named parties. See the Memoradum of Opinion and Order (pdf).

November 6, 2008 at 05:21 PM in 2008 NM State Legislature Races, Civil Liberties, Ethics & Campaign Reform | Permalink


What happened with the Secretary of State requiring them to hand over their list of donors?

Posted by: Ellen Wedum | Nov 7, 2008 9:55:32 AM

It's still in limbo. Apparently nothing has been decided yet and no donor lists have been turned over.

PS: Congrats on running your race Ellen, even though you didn't win. It's still powerful to run against them!

Posted by: barb | Nov 7, 2008 12:28:46 PM