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Let’s Get Big Money Out of Politics

Our democracy is failing because large amounts of money from corporations, very wealthy individuals, and special interests enable candidates to run for office, win elections, and then, pass legislation favoring their contributors. This situation has been greatly exacerbated by Citizens United and other Supreme Court decisions that have weakened campaign finance laws and made our election and regulatory systems less fair. 

League’s Money in Politics Team is your source for non-partisan information, dialogue, strategic planning and advocacy to make sure our democratic process works for people, not big money interests. We align our work with the League of Women Voters US position on money in politics, and network with campaign finance reform groups to represent the interests of Boulder County residents.



Ruth Stemler, Lisa Graves, Peggy Leech, and Shirley Jin.  Lisa Graves is president of True North Research and co-director of DocumentedInvestigations.org



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Initiative #271: Policy Changes Pertaining to State Income Taxes


The League of Women Voters of Colorado supports Initiative #271 Policy Changes Pertaining to State Income Taxes.  The LWVUS position (2018) under fiscal policy supports equitable, progressive vs. proportional taxation.  

League members will be asked to assist in collecting signatures to put the measure on the November ballot. 

Initiative #271 repeals the constitutional requirement that all taxable net income be taxed at one rate. Beginning in tax year 2021, the measure replaces the current 4.63% tax on income earned by individuals and fiduciaries with a graduated income tax.  The revenue will be spent (50%) to supplement funding of pre-primary through 12th grade education and (50%) to address the impacts of a growing population and a changing economy.  

Click to read the entire initiative:   Final Text: Initiative #271

For more information:   Colorado Sun 4 March 2020



Campaign Finance Regulations for Boulder County Governments


Do you know your city's regulations for campaign finance donations? While Colorado has some good election and campaign finance laws, each city may have its own additional rules. To see your city's rules and regulations, as well as how much each local candidate in your city has raised, click on your city link below:

Boulder    Erie     Lafayette     Longmont     Louisville    

Lyons      Nederland    Superior

Colorado General Assembly Information Resources

Find a bill:  Bill Search | Colorado General Assembly         

Check the schedule: 
Session Schedule | Colorado General Assembly

Follow the Money

 

Click the links below to see the Center for Responsive Politics OpenSecrets.org fundraising profiles for our Boulder County federal elected officials: 

For information on campaign spending on social media:


ALEC Bills in Colorado Legislature 2020

 

According to the Colorado Education Association Government Relations Team ( Click here to learn more.  ): 


“Right-to-Work” Bills heard in House committees March 2020

The annual American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) bills to make Colorado a “Right-to-Work” state are making appearances in the House State, Veterans, & Military Affairs committee next week (first week of March 2020). 

HB20-1169, Prohibit Discrimination Labor Union Participation and HB20-1186, Teachers' Rights Opt-in Organization Membership are two anti-union bills that are introduced in various forms every year by House and Senate Republicans. Research has repeatedly shown that "right to work" has a negative impact on wages, employment, as well as negative impact on the overall economy of the state, and for obvious reasons, CEA vigorously opposes both bills.

 

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More on ALEC


If you missed our showing of Bill Moyer's "United States of ALEC: A Follow Up", click to view the film on YouTube. 

ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) was started in 1973 by conservative activist Paul Weyrich, who also founded the Heritage Foundation. ALEC is well-funded by billionaires Charles and David Koch (deceased 8.23.2019), and uses billionaires and large corporations secretly to fund and manipulate hundreds, if not thousands of template bills in nearly every state to benefit those same billionaires and corporations, and by-pass public input. The bills include matters such as, “right to work,” which prevents labor unions from collecting dues by payroll deduction, and destabilizes union negotiations for fair wages and working conditions. The owners benefit from this legislation. Other template bills include those that eliminate various, environmentally sound laws, endangering wildlife, and benefiting corporations; and bills that create on-line education schools run by private organizations that profit; and many more bills.

For more information: 

– Watch "United States of ALEC: A Follow Up," by Bill Moyers and Company at https://billmoyers.com/episode/united-states-of-alec-a-follow-up/

– Learn more about ALEC itself at its website: https://www.alec.org/

– Learn if your state legislator is an ALEC member at https://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Colorado_ALEC_Politicians

– Learn what is being done to publicize ALEC at https://www.alecexposed.org/wiki/ALEC_Exposed
or at https://www.commoncause.org/

– In general, check facts at Annenberg Public Policy Center’s fact check site at https://www.factcheck.org/

– Read Nation on the Take: How Big Money Corrupts Our Democracy and What We Can Do about It, by Wendell Potter, and Nick Penniman ($15.30 plus tax, paperback at Barnes and Noble).