Colorado Governor Signs Electioneering Communications Bill - State and Federal Communications

April 4, 2019  •  

Colorado Governor Signs Electioneering Communications Bill

Gov. Jared Polis signed Senate Bill 68 on April 1, expanding disclosure of electioneering communications.

For purposes of campaign finance disclosure, the bill expands the definition of electioneering communication in the Fair Campaign Practices Act to include any communication that is broadcast, printed, mailed, delivered, or distributed between the primary election and the general election.

The bill also requires any person who expends $1,000 or more per calendar year on electioneering communications or regular biennial school electioneering communications to state in the communication the name of the person making the communication in accordance with existing statutory requirements for communication constituting an independent expenditure.

The bill will take effect on August 2, provided adjournment sine die of the General Assembly is on May 3.

If, however, a referendum petition is filed against the bill, the bill would not take effect unless approved in the November 2020 general election.

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