Colorado Secretary of State Issues Campaign Finance Advisory Opinion - State and Federal Communications

February 10, 2014  •  

Colorado Secretary of State Issues Campaign Finance Advisory Opinion


Deputy Secretary of State Suzanne Staiert issued an advisory opinion on February 6 addressing the formation of independent expenditure committees by political parties. Although an advisory opinion is not binding, its purpose is to provide clarification regarding the agency’s interpretation of current campaign finance law.

Political parties may operate an independent expenditure committee and may raise funds in any amount from any permissible source. If a political party chooses to form an independent expenditure committee, it must avoid the appearance of corruption through the implementation of sufficient safeguards. Any expenditures coordinated with or controlled by a candidate are considered a contribution to the candidate committee and are, therefore, subject to contribution limits.


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