March 14, 2014 •
Lakewood’s Municipal Campaign Finance Provisions Effective April 1
The city of Lakewood, Colorado revised its campaign finance ordinance; the new provisions are effective April 1. The most notable change is a shift away from state law. Colorado allows any municipality with an adopted ordinance covering any issue addressed […]
The city of Lakewood, Colorado revised its campaign finance ordinance; the new provisions are effective April 1.
The most notable change is a shift away from state law. Colorado allows any municipality with an adopted ordinance covering any issue addressed in the Fair Campaign Practices Act to assume jurisdiction over all campaign finance matters occurring within the municipality.
Lakewood will no longer fall within the jurisdiction of the secretary of state, as the ordinance adds provisions concerning contribution limits, registration and reporting requirements, and civil penalties for violations of municipal campaign finance law.
Photo of the Lakewood Civic Center courtesy of Jeffrey Beall on Wikimedia Commons.
October 17, 2013 •
Lakewood, CO City Council Approves New Campaign Finance Laws
for April 2014
The Lakewood, Colorado City Council voted to approve new campaign finance rules October 14. The new ordinance caps campaign donations at $2,500 per person for council candidates and $5,000 for mayoral candidates. Additionally, cash and in-kind donations will be treated the same; together they cannot exceed the limits.
Other amendments to the ordinance require LLCs making political donations of more than $100 to disclose their members.
The ordinance also addresses complaints against candidates. The deadline to file a complaint has been changed from 180 days after the alleged violation to 120 days after the violation.
Finally, the ordinance outlines the threshold or point at which a person interested in running for an elected position becomes a candidate. Declaring candidacy, receiving a donation, or making a campaign-related expenditure all trigger the change in status.
City Attorney Tim Cox confirmed the changes will have no effect on the current election and will not be implemented until April 2014.
Photo of the Lakewood Civic Center by Jeffrey Beall on Wikimedia Commons.
July 29, 2011 •
Here Is Another Jurisdiction Update
In a continuing effort to better serve the needs of its clients, State and Federal Communications, Inc. is expanding coverage of laws and regulations in more municipalities.
We now provide information on lobbying, political contributions, and procurement lobbying for:
Elizabeth, New Jersey
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