Santa Fe’s campaign finance law needs work. Its purpose — to keep special-interest money out of city elections — remains worthwhile, even noble. But we are troubled over the decision earlier this week by the city Ethics and Campaign Review Board that it lacks jurisdiction over what happens before a candidate decides to use public financing.
The facts are clear. Earlier this year, longtime City Councilor Patti Bushee was thinking about running for mayor. She did not know whether she would seek public financing. In fact, she was ready to go private and fundraise. To that end, she hired a political consultant. That consultant, Tarin Nix, was paid $1,750 for services in June. She was let go by the Bushee campaign two days later.
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