N.M. can’t regulate activist groups, 10th Circuit says

First Amendment Center: “A 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel yesterday upheld a federal judge’s decision that New Mexico Secretary of State Mary Herrera’s attempt to regulate two community-action organizations was unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Judith Herrera, who is not related to the secretary of state, had ruled last August that the state’s threat to prosecute the Albuquerque groups for not registering as political committees under the state Campaign Reporting Act violated the constitutional rights of New Mexico Youth Organized and the SouthWest Organizing Project.” | New Mexico Youth Organized v. Herrera, No. 09-2212 (10th Cir. June 30, 2010) | Google Viewer