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Money & Influence 08.15.2018

Election candidates could take up to $750,000 of public money under new Denver proposal

“Programs like the one council is considering will strengthen a candidate’s ability to compete with the big money being spent by corporations and PACs while still being responsive to voters,” wrote Amanda Gonzalez, executive director of the voter engagement group Colorado Common Cause.

Money & Influence 08.15.2018

Big Spending In Colorado Governor Race Has Some Wondering If Politics Belong To The Wealthy

Our outreach director Caroline Fry contributed to KUNC's story on money in Colorado's race for governor - noting the importance of public funding programs to counteract the influence of big money in elections.

Money & Influence 08.6.2018

Colorado’s deadline to turn in ballot measure petitions is today. Here’s what questions you might get to decide in November.

“We’ve worked really hard to establish meaningful contribution limits in order to make sure that Coloradans’ voices are heard in elections— not just the wealthy and special interests,” said Caroline Fry, outreach director for Colorado Common Cause. “We want to work to further improve our campaign finance system, not walk those limits back. It’s a large jump.”

Colorado secretly created a way to police medical marijuana doctors, a lawsuit suppressed for years alleges

“The whole reason for transparency is to allow people to engage in government and, if needed, to hold it accountable,” said Amanda Gonzalez, executive director of Colorado Common Cause. “When processes are happening in secret, and the courts are helping them remain secret, there is no way for the public to know what’s happening, and that’s problematic.”

Public Comment Period on 2020 Census and Citizenship Question Ends August 7

KDNK spoke with Amanda Gonzalez, executive director for Colorado Common Cause, about why we oppose adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census.

Money & Influence 07.23.2018

Colorado campaign finance loophole allows dark money flyers

Colorado’s campaign finance law has a loophole that allows printed literature, mailers or other materials about candidates to be distributed without disclosing who paid for them if they don’t include what an elections division manager with the Secretary of State calls “magic words” such as “vote for” or “vote against.”

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