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CEI Joins Coalition Letter Urging New Mexico Governor to Reject S.B. 96

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CEI Joins Coalition Letter Urging New Mexico Governor to Reject S.B. 96

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Dear Governor Martinez:

On behalf of the millions of Americans represented by the undersigned organizations who value freedom and liberty, we write to urge you to reject S.B. 96, the anti-free speech measure that will arrive at your desk.

S.B. 96 would allow the state government to access the personal information of New Mexicans and require citizens to report which groups or causes they privately support. This measure is a direct violation of the First Amendment, which protects free, anonymous speech, and is also a concerning invasion of privacy.

Please consider the chilling implications this measure would have on our ability to debate openly within the state. If passed, S.B. 96 will effectively silence people who fear discrimination or retaliation because of what they believe. The bill would expose New Mexicans to potential intimidation and harassment for simply speaking up about issues they are passionate about. Many others may simply choose not to speak up because they don’t want the government handling their private information.

Our Founding Fathers understood the importance of anonymous speech, which is why they chose to publish the Federalist Papers anonymously. Since that time, millions of veterans have fought and sacrificed to protect the right to free speech in America. It is the foundation of democracy.

We urge you to support the First Amendment and reject S.B. 96.

Sincerely,

Mark Lucas, Executive Director
Concerned Veterans for America

Luke Hilgemann, Chief Executive Officer
Americans for Prosperity

Mark J. Fitzgibbons, President of Corporate Affairs
American Target Advertising

Kent Lassman, President
Competitive Enterprise Institute

Richard Morrison, Senior Editor
Competitive Enterprise Institute

Andrew Clark, Executive Director
Generation Opportunity

Lisa B. Nelson, Chief Executive Officer
Jeffersonian Project

Jorge Lima, Executive Director
The LIBRE Initiative

Birga Alden, Executive Director
Love INC of Albuquerque

John E. Clemons, Executive Director
Protect Americans Now

Gary Coppedge, Board Member
Protect Americans Now

Ryan Perry, Board Member
Protect Americans Now

John Richardson, Board Member
Protect Americans Now

Mega Richardson, Board Member
Protect Americans Now

Ken Swaim, Board Member
Protect Americans Now

Paul J. Gessing, President
Rio Grande Foundation

Michael A. Aguilar, Executive Director
Southern New Mexico Business Alliance

Russell Allen, Board Member
Southern New Mexico Business Alliance

Rob Atchely, Board Member
Southern New Mexico Business Alliance

Gary Coppedge, Board Member
Southern New Mexico Business Alliance

Tom Hutchinson, Board Member
Southern New Mexico Business Alliance

Bill Porter, Board Member
Southern New Mexico Business Alliance

Megan Richardson, Board Member
Southern New Mexico Business Alliance

Dan Schnieder, Board Member
Southern New Mexico Business Alliance

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