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Follow the Money: Colorado Springs

Penrose Library / June 14, 2018 6:00pm
Colorado Springs, CO

Colorado's upcoming elections will most likely break records for campaign spending. But where is all of this money coming from, and how is it being used to influence your vote?

Join us to learn how to "follow the money" in Colorado political campaigns. Get the scoop on who raises and spends political money in Colorado - from candidates to Super PACS to nonprofit organizations.

Participants will learn how to use OpenSecrets.org, FollowTheMoney.org, and the Colorado Secretary of State's TRACER website to find the donors behind the advertisements you see and hear during the election cycle. We'll also learn about "Follow the Message," a new project in Colorado that is tracking and analyzing political advertising.

Please bring a laptop (if possible) and any campaign literature that you have received this year. Questions? Contact Caroline Fry at cfry@commoncause.org or (303) 292-2163.

Defend our Democracy Activist Training

The Alliance Center / June 16, 2018 9:00am
Denver, CO

The 2018 primary and general elections are quickly approaching. Are you ready to get out the vote, draw attention to the money flowing into our elections, and improve our democracy?

Join Colorado Common Cause and partners for a Defend our Democracy Activist Training on Saturday, June 16, 2018 from 9 AM - 1 PM at The Alliance Center in downtown Denver. Activists will learn:

  • How to "follow the money" in Colorado elections to see who is trying to influence your vote
  • Best practices for getting Coloradans to register to vote and cast a ballot
  • How to talk about complex policy issues - and inspire people to take action
  • Important questions on the ballot this November  
  • Other ongoing democracy initiatives taking place around the state

The workshop will begin at 9 AM and end at 1 PM. This event is FREE and lunch will be provided - however, space is limited and registration is required. Live streaming will be available for individuals outside of the Denver metro area.

RSVP TODAY! Questions? Contact Caroline (Advocacy & Media Manager at Colorado Common Cause) at cfry@commoncause.org.

Please note that this is a nonpartisan workshop. Common Cause does not support or endorse candidates, and no candidates will be discussed.

Everything You Need to Know about the 2018 Primary

Denver Open Media / June 3, 2018 5:30pm
Denver, CO

RSVP FOR THIS EVENT HERE: https://www.classy.org/event/everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-primaries/e178864

For the first time in Colorado’s history, unaffiliated voters will be able to cast a ballot in the upcoming June 2018 primary election. And there are some very big races this year: Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, US House/Senate, State House/Senate, and more.

Join us on Tuesday, July 5 at Denver Open Media to learn more about the upcoming primary, including:

  • What are each of these offices, and how do they affect your day-to-day life?
  • How will unaffiliated voters be able to participate in the election?
  • How can voters find unbiased information about who is running for office?
  • Why does voting in the primary matter?
Join us on Tuesday, June 5, to learn everything you need to know about the 2018 Colorado Primary Election. Come with questions and we will have answers!

This event is brought to you by Colorado Common Cause, The Alliance Center, University of Denver, and Denver Open Media.

Follow the Message: Who's Trying to Influence Your Vote?

The Irish Snug / June 7, 2018 5:00pm
Denver, CO
As Colorado's election season heats up, our mailboxes are filling up. From now through November, Coloradans will become increasingly inundated with campaign literature in the mail, on our computer screens, and on TV and the radio.

Those messages vary from glowing to vicious - even about the same candidate. And it isn't always clear where the messenger is coming from - or how they paid for the message.

That's where #COPolitics' "Follow the Message" comes in. They are collecting political messages received by voters, creating a database of those messages, and analyzing to see where they are coming from.

Join Colorado Common Cause as we hear from Sandra Fish, a long-time reporter, editor and data journalist about her Follow the Message project. Come get an overview on how much money has been spent in the primary, where these dollars are coming from, and how we can help track and expose big money in our elections.

"Follow the Message: Who's Paying to Influence Your Vote?"
Thursday, June 7, 2018
5 - 7 PM (program @ 5:30)
The Irish Snug (downstairs)
1201 E. Colfax Ave, Denver CO

This event is free and open to everyone. Light refreshments will be served and drinks are available for purchase. The Irish Snug is wheelchair accessible.

Questions? Email Caroline at cfry@commoncause.org.

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