Although Democrat Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver’s latest financial report was overshadowed, or downright ignored, by the mainstream news media, which opted to cover the fundraising in New Mexico’s tight governor’s race, the Piñon Post has exclusively uncovered dark money in the secretary of state race.
On her donation pages, Toulouse Oliver constantly writes, “Maggie Toulouse Oliver serves the state of New Mexico as Secretary of State, where she is dedicated to fighting for clean and fair elections devoid of dark money and outside influence.”
She also writes on the official New Mexico Secretary of State website, “I’ll keep working to shine a light on dark money wherever possible.”
However, her latest campaign filing proves that her supposed “fight” against “dark money” is a big lie. In the fourth primary report she filed with her office on July 7th, the Secretary of State listed a $5,200 donation from “Open Democracy PAC.”
The organization is almost exclusively a front group that is funded by a dark money 501(c)(4) organization, “Sixteen Thirty Fund,” or sometimes written as “1630 Fund,” according to filings with the Federal Election Commission (FEC).
The dark money group is a member of a coalition of other leftist dark money organizations through “Run For Something,” which seeks to elect far-left Democrats who believe in election subversion to weaken election laws.
“These organizations are engaged in what can charitably be called credibility laundering,” Honest Elections Executive Director Jason Snead warned. “They engage with bipartisan groups and promote ostensibly Republican allies. However, their funding and agenda are distinctly left-wing.”
An example of Sixteen Thirty Fund’s activism is its spending in the 2018 Midterms in Colorado. It dunked a hefty $3.92 million in dark money into the state to help elect far-left anti-election integrity Democrats, according to the Colorado Independent.
Not only is Maggie Toulouse Oliver’s claim to fight “dark money” false, but she is one of the worst examples in the state of politicians actively taking dark money from left-wing elites from outside of the state. She ended up raising $44,964.71 in the fourth reporting period, with $20,487.70 in expenditures, leaving her with $148,289.29 cash-on-hand. She faces Republican Audrey Trujillo in the November General Election.