A coalition of politically conservative groups and individuals is stepping up opposition to New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver’s proposal to require more transparency on where “independent expenditure” groups get their money.

Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson is the latest to oppose proposed changes in financial disclosure rules, adding his name to a letter from the coalition, which is spearheaded by the Virginia-based Concerned Veterans of America. The group calls Toulouse Oliver’s proposal “an attempt to circumvent the legislative process and silence citizens through executive rule making.”

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