Issue 3  |  August 2017
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Watching the Watchers: August News

These are, as the alleged proverb has it, interesting times to be in the business of government ethics. Nationally, it is an ethics maelstrom, with charges and counter-charges of unprecedented scope and intensity flying about, one of the nation’s leading ethics officials resigning in disgust, and a bevy of investigations, lawsuits, and hearings. 

In New Mexico, the news is better. With campaign season upon us, there are, naturally, the first outcroppings of allegations of campaign finance and ballot irregularities. Yet there is a positive and fruitful dialogue beginning on the proposed statewide Ethics Commission, and the Secretary of State has been conducting statewide hearings for new Rules concerning campaign finance. These discussions have been vigorous, educational, and are healthy for our democracy and our civic society. The people are engaged in some of the most important issues of our democracy – how we want to be governed, and how we control those who govern us.  Read more.
NMEW Presents at Legislative Committee

New Mexico Ethics Watch Executive Director Douglas Carver was invited to come before the interim Courts, Corrections and Justice Committee at its July meeting at New Mexico Highlands University. Douglas spoke about NMEW’s mission and work. NMEW appreciates the committee taking the time to hear our voice, and we look forward to continuing dialogue with the Legislature in the future. 

Summer & Fall Roundtables and Guest Speaking in Your Town
This summer and fall, NMEW intends to travel around the State to meet with people interested in promoting open, accountable, and ethical government at a state and local level. If you would like us to visit your town, or are interested in participating in a related panel, training, or event in your region, please let us know.
NMEW on PBS "NewsMakers"

In case you missed Douglas appearing on the PBS show, "NewsMakers", the full interview can be viewed here, on KRWG
In the News
In July, New Mexico Ethics Watch was featured in the following news stories:

7/13/17 – NMEW featured on KRWG PBS show NewsMakers with host, Fred Martino. Under discussion: the aspects required of a quality independent state Ethics Commission. Read more.

Upcoming Events
Follow the link here to see upcoming events where Douglas Carver will be a guest speaker. Meetings are open to the general public. NMEW is a non-partisan organization. Read more.
Meet the Team

Douglas was made the first Executive Director of New Mexico Ethics Watch in July 2016. Prior to coming to Ethics Watch, Douglas worked for five years as a staff attorney for the New Mexico Legislative Council Service, where he was worked with the Legislative Ethics Committee, served on two impeachment subcommittees formed by the House of Representatives, and drafted legislation concerning ethics and elections. Read more.

Lucy is the former Program Director of Leadership Santa Fe, where she also provided marketing and communications services. As owner of a consulting practice, for which she became a 2015 Santa Fe Business Woman of the Year Nominee, she has been involved in government affairs since 2013, primarily with JD Bullington Government Relations. Her interest in policy, law, and the penal system began prior to that when she worked as a city Police Officer, and later as the Policy & Legislative Outreach Director for the New Mexico Corrections Department. Read more.

Heather joined New Mexico Ethics Watch in 2017 to engage stakeholders and supporters in partnerships that create meaningful change in New Mexico. She is the former Director of Advancement for the International Folk Art Alliance, where she worked with public and private partners to support a global network of artist entrepreneurs creating social change through the preservation and celebration of their cultural heritage.
How You Can Help

Your support is critical to helping us in our mission.  New Mexico Ethics Watch is presently under the fiscal sponsorship of the New Mexico Community Foundation. Donations to support NMEW’s work can be made in one of the following ways:

1) BY CHECK (preferred): You can send a check made out to the New Mexico Community Foundation, with “donation to NM Ethics Watch” written in the memo line. Checks should be mailed to the New Mexico Community Foundation at 135 W Palace Ave, Suite 301, Santa Fe, NM 87501. Read more.

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