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Money & Influence 10.26.2016

Coloradans Ask: Who Will Fight Big Money?

Coloradans deserve to know how our leaders will fix our broken campaign finance system and restore balance to our democracy. Visit WhoWillFightBigMoney.org to read about the Fighting Big Money agenda and encourage your candidates to complete the survey.

Money & Influence 08.23.2016

Small Donor Public Financing

From Seattle to New York, cities throughout the country are adopting small donor public financing programs to boost public participation, improve the way candidates campaign and raise money, and engage a broader array of citizens in the political process.

Voting & Elections 05.12.2016

2016 Legislative Wrap-Up

May 11th marked the last day of the 2016 legislative session in Colorado. Over the last 180 days, nearly 700 bills were introduced and debated. We worked on dozens of bills to protect voting rights, reduce the influence of money in politics, and strengthen transparency and government accountability.

Money & Influence 03.21.2016

Big Money in Our Schools

Since Citizens United, we’ve become accustomed to hearing about “secret money” groups. The irony is that while the court used this case to demolish campaign contribution limits, they named disclosure as the key counter to the outsized influence of money in politics. Unfortunately, elected officials have not responded to the Supreme Court’s suggestion for increased disclosure requirements. As a result, we are left in the dark about who is spending millions to influence our vote

Money & Influence 02.22.2016

"When Money Talks"

We are pleased to announce that author and former Common Causer Derek Cressman is coming to Denver on a national tour for his new book, “When Money Talks – The High Price of “Free” Speech and the Selling of Democracy.” Join us for our monthly happy hour on Thursday, March 3rd to learn more about the push to reform how money influences our elections. Derek has spent 20 years in this movement, including his time at Common Cause as the principle architect of our campaign calling for a constitutional amendment to reverse Citizens United.

Voting & Elections 01.13.2016

Lobbying for Democracy in 2016

Yep, we’re up there at the State Capitol too, alongside lobbyists for every industry and interest you can think of. When the legislative session kicks off, our legislators will tackle many issues, including some that directly impact Coloradans’ ability to participate in democracy. Here are a few issues that may come up:

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