Let’s Get Big Money Out of Politics
Our democracy is failing because corporate money, special interests and very wealthy individuals enables 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.
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:
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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:
The League of Women Voters of Colorado supports a Yes vote on Proposition CC. To see LWVCO toolkits: Log in to the LWVCO website: Members > Documents > Toolkits. Click the file icon to display subfolders for TABOR & CC.
Colorado Proposition CC, the Allow State to Retain Revenue for Transportation and Education Measure, is on the ballot as a legislatively referred state statute on November 5, 2019.
A yes vote supports the measure to allow the state to retain revenue above the state spending cap to provide funding for transportation and education.
A no vote opposes the measure to allow the state to retain certain revenue for transportation and education, thus requiring the state to continue issuing refunds under the Taxpayer's Bill of Rights (TABOR) when the state collects revenue in excess of the state's annual revenue limit.
– Consult Ballotpedia's article: Colorado Proposition CC, Retain Revenue for Transportation and Education TABOR Measure (2019)
– Proponents include Coloradans for Prosperity: Yes on CC
– Get an opposing view at: Vote NO on CC
More Information on Money in Politics
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/, or 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).