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N.M. Secretary of State’s Office says it is working on new campaign finance reporting system
A spokesman for New Mexico Secretary of State Mary Herrera reiterated Wednesday that the agency is continuing to work on “producing or procuring a new campaign finance reporting system.”
The agency had used an in-house developer to construct a new campaign finance reporting system over the past year, but he was placed on administrative leave in June. That has left the system incomplete.
Agency officials have said it was unclear how much more work is required to complete the in-house campaign finance reporting system. And indications are the agency may opt to go another route.
The latest discussions by the agency, and other state officials, have included the Secretary of State’s Office purchasing source code for a campaign finance reporting program from the state of Washington. Even if that purchase occurs, however, the program will must be customized to New Mexico, which will take money and time, Herrera’s deputy, Don Francisco Trujillo II, told state lawmakers recently.
“We really didn’t want anyone to misread what was printed,” SOS spokesman James Flores said Wednesday. “We want to make sure that people are aware that we are still working” on a new campaign finance reporting system.
Flores didn’t know details of how the agency was working on a new campaign finance reporting system — if the agency were purchasing source code from Washington or choosing to finish the system in-house.
Herrera, meanwhile, has asked state lawmakers for more money for a new campaign finance reporting system, saying that what lawmakers have appropriated is not enough to build a first-rate one.