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Saturday, May 12, 2012

Common Cause New Mexico Releases Research -- Role of Campaign Contributions in NM Health Policy

On May 7th,  Common Cause New Mexico (CCNM) released their latest report, Connecting the Dots – The Role of Campaign Contributions in New Mexico Health Policy, focusing on campaign contributions and how legislators vote when receiving donations from industries affected by their voting. Between 2000 and 2010, various healthcare industries contributed a combined total of $4,863,088 to candidates running for political office in New Mexico. Furthermore, contributions from these industries have increased substantially over time, from $268,096 in 2000 to $1.3 million in 2010.

Focusing on six pieces of health-related legislation between 2007 and 2010, our findings suggest that money does play an influential role in the voting behavior of New Mexico legislators. In almost all instances, decision-makers who receive larger amounts of money from the healthcare, tobacco, business, eating and drinking establishments, gambling and lodging, and pharmacies are more likely to vote in a manner that is favorable to that industry.

New Mexicans want to be assured that our legislators are voting for the public good, not to pacify or cater to industry in New Mexico,” says CCNM’s Executive Director Viki Harrison. She continues by saying that “public confidence in the legislative process is critical if we are to trust our legislators and have confidence in the legislative process.”

In nearly each case, decision makers who receive larger amounts of money from the healthcare, tobacco, and liquor industries are more likely to vote in a manner that is more favorable to that industry. However, we want to clarify that the correlations found here between campaign contributions and voting behavior do not imply that legislators are trading votes for campaign donations. Identifying individual motivations for voting one way or another, or to vote at all for that matter, are impossible to determine at any level of certainty. That said, the correlation between contributions and voting behavior alone can erode trust in government and interest in politics among the population. If the public believes that powerful interest groups can use their financial resources to steer policy in the direction of their interests, this is not good for the status of democratic governance in our state

May 12, 2012 at 03:38 PM in Candidates & Races, Citizens United, Corporatism, Ethics & Campaign Reform, Healthcare | Permalink

Comments

What a waste of time to spend so much time on the politically correct caveat of the difference between 'correlation' and 'cause & effect' while the Health Security Act is in such distress because of that "correlation".

Posted by: Larry Gioannini | May 13, 2012 3:50:44 AM

Griego received DIRECT CORPORATE CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS from Altria, GlaxoSmithKline & and Union Pacific Railroad. Campaign contributions not only impact healthcare. They also impact education, the unemployed, banking and many other interests. The corporations that finance ALEC also contribute vast amounts of money to Super PACs. Griego accepted contributions from corporations that finance ALEC and its right wing agenda. This is a link that lists ALEC’s corporate board. (http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=ALEC_Corporations. If this isn't the ultimate hypocrisy, I don't know what is. So that got me to thinking, I wonder if it extends to legislation as well…it does.

First, in 2011, SB 502, having to do with Teacher Evaluations and performance, http://www.nmlegis.gov/Sessions/11%20Regular/bills/senate/SB0502FCS.pdf

- Griego voted for it. AFT was in bed with Gov. Martinez on this issue in 2011 - even though their membership was opposed. This legislation is similar to ALEC's 'Great Teachers and Leaders Act' http://s3.documentcloud.org/documents/329678/alec-great-teachers-and-leaders-act.pdf

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Second, in 2011, SB 325, Licensure of 2nd Hand Metal Dealers http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/_session.aspx?Chamber=S&LegType=B&LegNo=325&year=11

- Griego voted for it. According to ALEC Exposed, the biggest downfall of this legislation is that it hurts unemployed and impoverished people http://alecexposed.org/w/images/3/34/7B6-The_Responsible_Scrap_Metal_Purchasing_and_Procurement_Act_Exposed.pdf

It appears he is willing to do anything to stay in power. Can we trust him to fight for us if he is elected to congress?

Posted by: Terri | May 13, 2012 5:19:06 PM

Griego polled people on Thursday. There is one problem with the poll, it was designed to manipulate the results. His campaign needs to release the script if they release the numbers. I was told the best way to get even with ugly polls is to contact the media. A paraphrased transcript of the poll is below.

We are conducting a poll on behalf of Eric Griego for Congress

How excited are you about the Congressional District 1 democratic Primary

press 1 for very excited
press 2 for moderately excited
press 3 for not at all

Who do you support for House of Representative

press 1 for Senator Eric Griego
press 2 for Commissioner Michelle Lujan-Grisham
press 3 for Mayor Marty Chavez

What gender do you identify with

press 1 for female
press 2 for male
press 3 for other

Enter your year of birth

If you have any questions go to griegoforcongress.con or call (505) 304-3355

This poll mentions Griego's name before the poll starts, and his name is listed as the first choice. This is done in an attempt to influence or alter the view of respondents under the guise of conducting a poll. His name is stated first, so respondents are familiar with his name. Then his name is listed first to increase the likelihood the respondents will chose his name. The poll ends with his name. The results of this poll cannot be trusted.

Posted by: Terri | May 13, 2012 5:25:36 PM