2006 New Mexico Statutes - Section 1-19-34 — Candidates; political committees; treasurer; bank account; anonymous contributions; contributions from special events.
1-19-34. Candidates; political committees; treasurer; bank account; anonymous contributions; contributions from special events.
A. It is unlawful for the members of any political committee or any candidate to make any expenditure or solicit or accept any contribution for a political purpose unless:
(1) a treasurer has been appointed and is constantly maintained; provided, however, when a duly appointed treasurer is unable for any reason to continue as treasurer, the candidate or political committee shall appoint a successor; and provided further that a candidate may serve as his own treasurer;
(2) all disbursements of money and receipts of contributions are authorized by and through the candidate or treasurer;
(3) a separate bank account has been established and all receipts of money contributions and all expenditures of money are deposited in and disbursed from the one bank account maintained by the treasurer in the name of the candidate or political committee; provided that nothing in this section shall prohibit investments from the bank account to earn interest as long as the investments and earnings are fully reported. All disbursements except for disbursements made from a petty cash fund of one hundred dollars ($100) or less shall be by check made payable to the person or entity receiving the disbursement and not to "cash" or "bearer"; and
(4) the treasurer upon disbursing or receiving money or other things of value immediately enters and thereafter keeps a proper record preserved by him, including a full, true and itemized statement and account of each sum disbursed or received, the date of such disbursal or receipt, to whom disbursed or from whom received and the object or purpose for which it was disbursed or received.
B. No anonymous contributions may be accepted in excess of one hundred dollars ($100). The aggregate amount of anonymous contributions received by a reporting individual during a primary or general election or a statewide special election shall not exceed two thousand dollars ($2,000) for statewide races and five hundred dollars ($500) for all other races.
C. Cash contributions received at special events that are unidentifiable as to specific contributor but identifiable as to the special event are not subject to the anonymous contribution limits provided for in this section so long as no single special event raises, after expenses, more than one thousand dollars ($1,000) in such cash contributions. For those contributions, due diligence and best efforts shall be made to disclose on a special prescribed form the sponsor, date, place, total amount received, expenses incurred, estimated number of persons in attendance and other identifiable factors that describe the special event. For purposes of this subsection, "special event" includes an event such as a barbecue or similar fundraiser where tickets costing fifteen dollars ($15.00) or less are sold or an event such as a coffee, tea or similar reception.
D. Any contributions received pursuant to this section in excess of the limits established in Subsections B and C of this section shall be donated to the state general fund or an organization to which a federal income tax deduction would be available under Subparagraph (A) of Paragraph (1) of Subsection (b) of Section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.
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