Court of Appeals Strikes Down Gessler Rule Changes
December 12, 2013
Denver, CO – Today, the Colorado Court of Appeals ruled that several changes to campaign finance disclosure regulations made by Secretary of State Scott Gessler were invalid as exceeding his authority. The Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court ruling that struck down Secretary Gessler’s 2012 rules that reduced or eliminated disclosure requirements for issue committees, political committees, and 527 political organizations, and capped penalties for failure to file major contributor reports in the days before an election.
Prisons & Profits: The Political Expenditures of the Private Prison Industry in Colorado
Since the mid 1990’s, the growth in for-profit prisons in Colorado has been accompanied by a growing surge in political expenditures by the for-profit prison industry. From 1998 to 2012, the most active company in the Colorado for-profit prison industry gave $124,000 to political candidates, committees, PAC’s, and parties in Colorado, and spent $204,976.42 million on lobbying.
Tips on Doing Your Own Colorado Campaign Finance and Lobbying Research
Here in Colorado, we have strong disclosure laws for both campaign finance and lobbying information. It can be intimidating, though, to do the research in systems not considered user friendly anymore. If you're not sure where to start, this may help you get going.
Governor Hickenlooper Signs Elections Bill
A Big Win for Colorado
Under the new law, every registered voter will receive a mail ballot and it will be their decision on how to cast their vote. Voters can mail back their ballot, drop it off, or vote at a voter service center during early voting or on Election Day.
Colorado Victory: Judge Rules for Voting Rights
The voting rights of thousands of Colorado citizens were protected as a state district court judge blocked Secretary of State Scott Gessler’s controversial interpretation of Colorado’s mail ballot election law.
Colorado General Assembly Begins
During the next several months our state representatives and state senators will propose and debate hundreds of bills on a wide range of issues. This is your chance to be heard on the issues you care about.
Amendment 65 Passes with 74%
COLORADO VOTERS LEAD THE COUNTRY TOWARD REFORM
With decisive statewide vote, Colorado calls for constitutional amendment
Amendment 65 allows Colorado voters to instruct their elected leaders to advance a federal constitutional amendment that would let Congress and the states set campaign contribution and spending limits to level the playing field in elections.
Sweeping bill for election reform passes - Colorado Statesman
April 19, 2013
Colorado bill offers more mail ballots, Election-Day registration - Denver Post
April 9, 2013
SoS Gessler sues to overturn ethics plank - Colorado Statesman
April 5, 2013
Industry Reps Could be Barred from Drilling Regulation Panel - Colorado Public Radio
March 28, 2013
Oil & gas commission conflict of interest measure moves ahead - Fox 31 Denver
March 28, 2013