May 21, 2019 •

Colorado Lobbyist Transparency Act Becomes Law

Gov. Jared Polis signed the Lobbyist Transparency Act into law on May 20, shining new light on the disclosure requirements of lobbyists and their clients. House Bill 1248 increases transparency by stopping attorneys registered as professional lobbyists from asserting confidentiality […]

Gov. Jared Polis signed the Lobbyist Transparency Act into law on May 20, shining new light on the disclosure requirements of lobbyists and their clients.

House Bill 1248 increases transparency by stopping attorneys registered as professional lobbyists from asserting confidentiality in order to conceal client information and lobbying activity.

The bill provides that when the general assembly is in regular or special session, a professional lobbyist must notify the secretary of state within 72 hours of agreeing to lobby in connection with new legislation or taking a new position on a new or existing bill for a new or existing client.

Additionally, the bill instructs the secretary of state to form a working group to upgrade the electronic filing system in order to ease the use of data reported and to increase overall transparency.

The secretary of state must convene the working group no later than July 1, and the group must meet at least once before December 31.

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May 14, 2019 •

Former Colorado Rep. Resigns as Another Recall Petition is Approved

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Colorado Rep. Tom Sullivan & Former Rep. Rochelle Galindo

The Elections Division of the Secretary of State’s Office approved a petition on May 13 to collect signatures to recall Rep. Tom Sullivan in House District 37. More than 10,000 signatures are needed by July 12 to force a recall […]

The Elections Division of the Secretary of State’s Office approved a petition on May 13 to collect signatures to recall Rep. Tom Sullivan in House District 37.

More than 10,000 signatures are needed by July 12 to force a recall election for Sullivan’s replacement.

Former Rep. Rochelle Galindo was also facing a recall election but resigned on May 12.

A Democratic vacancy committee will name Galindo’s replacement.

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May 6, 2019 •

Colorado General Assembly Adjourns Sine Die

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The 72nd Colorado General Assembly adjourned sine die on May 3 after 120 legislative days. During the session, House Bill 1007 passed creating contribution limits under the Fair Campaign Practices Act for county office candidates. Additionally, Senate Bill 68 passed […]

The 72nd Colorado General Assembly adjourned sine die on May 3 after 120 legislative days.

During the session, House Bill 1007 passed creating contribution limits under the Fair Campaign Practices Act for county office candidates.

Additionally, Senate Bill 68 passed expanding disclosure of electioneering communications.

The last day for the governor to act on bills for the 2019 session is June 2, 2019.

The General Assembly is scheduled to reconvene on January 8, 2020.

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April 16, 2019 •

Colorado Governor Signs County Candidate Contributions Bill

Gov. Jared Polis signed House Bill 1007, creating contribution limits under the Fair Campaign Practices Act for county office candidates.

Current campaign finance law does not set limits on contributions to candidates for county office.

The bill defines county office as a county commissioner, county clerk and recorder, sheriff, corner, treasurer, assessor, or surveyor.

The maximum aggregate contributions a person may make to a candidate for county office under the bill includes $1,250 for the primary election and $1,250 for the general election.

Additionally, small donor committees may contribute $12,500 in the primary election and $12,500 in the general election.

The bill will take effect August 2, provided adjournment sine die of the General Assembly is on May 3, 2019.

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

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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 […]

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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April 4, 2019 •

Colorado Releases New Campaign Finance Limits

The Colorado Secretary of State adopted new campaign contribution limits pursuant to Rule 10.17. The adjusted limits include $625 per election to candidates for governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, and state treasurer from political committees or individuals. […]

The Colorado Secretary of State adopted new campaign contribution limits pursuant to Rule 10.17.

The adjusted limits include $625 per election to candidates for governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, and state treasurer from political committees or individuals.

Limits also include $2,675 per election to candidates for state Legislature, state Board of Education, University of Colorado regent, and district attorney from small donor committees.

The new limits are effective March 29.

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March 6, 2019 •

Colorado Secretary of State to Hold Town Hall on Campaign Reform

Secretary of State Jena Griswold will host a town hall on campaign finance reform from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on March 6 in Boulder. Griswold previously announced her policy priorities on January 17, calling for meaningful campaign finance reform by […]

Secretary of State Jena Griswold will host a town hall on campaign finance reform from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on March 6 in Boulder.

Griswold previously announced her policy priorities on January 17, calling for meaningful campaign finance reform by expanding the “paid for by” disclosure requirements on political advertisements and exercising the Office of the Secretary of State’s audit and enforcement power to act on campaign finance, ballot access, and lobbyist violations.

Griswold is hosting town hall discussions around the state to discuss her campaign finance reform objectives.

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January 17, 2019 •

Colorado Secretary of State Calls for Campaign Finance Transparency

Secretary of State Jena Griswold announced her campaign finance policy priorities in front of the Colorado House State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee at the January 17 committee hearing. Shedding light on secret political spending, Griswold’s policy agenda calls for […]

Secretary of State Jena Griswold announced her campaign finance policy priorities in front of the Colorado House State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee at the January 17 committee hearing.

Shedding light on secret political spending, Griswold’s policy agenda calls for stronger disclosure by expanding the “paid for by” disclosure requirements on political advertisements and exercising the Secretary of State’s audit and enforcement power to act on campaign finance, ballot access and lobbyist violations.

Griswold’s agenda also seeks to prevent potential candidates from raising unchecked and uncapped contributions into “independent” committees and ensure that independent expenditure and other committees can be held accountable for campaign finance violations.

Additionally, Griswold seeks to end the influence of powerful interest groups and lobbyists over candidates and elected officials through contributions to political entities.

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December 3, 2018 •

Colorado Announces Campaign Finance Amendments

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams announced changes to the state’s campaign and political finance rules. The amendments concern the reporting, use, and transfer of a candidate committee’s unexpended funds. The rule changes are temporarily effective December 3 and will […]

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams announced changes to the state’s campaign and political finance rules.

The amendments concern the reporting, use, and transfer of a candidate committee’s unexpended funds.

The rule changes are temporarily effective December 3 and will become permanently effective on December 23.

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November 7, 2018 •

Jared Polis Claims Historic Win over Walker Stapleton in Colorado

Jared Polis blew a victorious horn on November 6, 2018, as he claimed an historic win as Colorado’s governor over his opponent Walker Stapleton. Polis became Colorado’s first Jewish governor and the first openly gay man elected to lead any U.S. […]

Jared Polis blew a victorious horn on November 6, 2018, as he claimed an historic win as Colorado’s governor over his opponent Walker Stapleton.

Polis became Colorado’s first Jewish governor and the first openly gay man elected to lead any U.S. State.

Colorado Governor-elect Polis emerged on stage alongside his running mate Dianne Primavera during a Democratic watch party in downtown Denver.

Polis succeeds the outgoing Democrat John Hickenlooper.

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November 7, 2018 •

Denver Voters Approve Campaign Finance Measure 2E

A majority of city voters endorsed Measure 2E, banning corporations and labor organizations from donating directly to political campaigns for city offices and lowering the cap on donations for mayor, City Council, and other government posts. Beginning January 1, 2020, […]

A majority of city voters endorsed Measure 2E, banning corporations and labor organizations from donating directly to political campaigns for city offices and lowering the cap on donations for mayor, City Council, and other government posts.

Beginning January 1, 2020, mayoral candidates will be prohibited from accepting more than $1,000 per donor, as opposed to $3,000.

Individual donations for at-large council members will drop from $2,000 to $700, and donations to district candidates will be capped at $400 instead of $1,000.

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November 7, 2018 •

Colorado Campaign Finance Amendment 75 Fails

Colorado voters defeated Amendment 75, keeping campaign spending limits in place. Amendment 75 would have allowed candidates to accept five times the level of individual contributions to their campaign as is normally allowed ($1,150 for statewide offices and $400 for […]

Colorado voters defeated Amendment 75, keeping campaign spending limits in place.

Amendment 75 would have allowed candidates to accept five times the level of individual contributions to their campaign as is normally allowed ($1,150 for statewide offices and $400 for local races) if another candidate submitted $1 million or more to his or her own campaign or to a third-party committee.

Only about 33 percent of voters supported the measure. The amendment needed 55 percent of votes to pass.

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October 23, 2018 •

Colorado Schedules Rulemaking Hearing

Secretary of State Wayne Williams scheduled a rulemaking hearing on November 14 to consider amendments to the state’s campaign and political finance laws. The proposed amendments would affect a candidate committee’s management of unexpended campaign funds as well as the […]

Secretary of State Wayne Williams scheduled a rulemaking hearing on November 14 to consider amendments to the state’s campaign and political finance laws.

The proposed amendments would affect a candidate committee’s management of unexpended campaign funds as well as the Elections Division’s review of written complaints.

If changes are made prior to the hearing, a revised copy of the proposed rules will be available no later than November 9.

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September 7, 2018 •

Amendment to Colorado Constitution Added to November Ballot

The Colorado Secretary of State’s Office cleared and certified Initiative 173 for the November 6 general election ballot. The ballot measure proposes amending the state constitution regarding campaign contribution limits. If passed, candidates in a race may accept contributions from […]

The Colorado Secretary of State’s Office cleared and certified Initiative 173 for the November 6 general election ballot.

The ballot measure proposes amending the state constitution regarding campaign contribution limits.

If passed, candidates in a race may accept contributions from individuals that are five times the rate authorized in the state constitution if at least one candidate loans or contributes $1 million to his or her own campaign, to a committee to support or oppose any candidate in the same election, or to any committee to influence the candidate’s own election.

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