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Letter-Writing Campaign

It may seem old-fashioned, but we believe that letters to the editor, letters to elected officials, and other communications have impact.  Our MiP Project colleagues have shared the following items with us: 

Jane Everham of Larimer County: 
Letter to the Editor, Coloradan, 1Jun2017

Rionda Osman of Boulder County:
Letter to the Editor, Times-Call, 25 June 2017
   (also in the Daily Camera, 28 June 2017)

Shirley Jin of Boulder County: 
Letter to the Editor, Daily Camera, 29Jun2017

Shirley Jin of Boulder County:
Commentary on "Democracy in Chains", Daily Camera 5Aug2017


The Money in Politics / Campaign Finance Reform Team issues occasional informational notices, the MiP Blasts. Click the links below to open a PDF document in a new page. You can download the PDF document with all its features to your computer.

MiP_blast_8Oct2018: Dark Money Illuminated
MiP eBlast_31Aug2018: Private Prisons
MiP eBlast_23_25Jul2018: Disclosure Diminished with IRS Rule Change
CFR Blast (April 2018) Big Data in Colorado
CFR Blast 21 (March 2018) Let Congress Hear about Riders in the Budget Bill
CFR Blast 20 Common Cause Lists ALEC Members in Colorado Legislature.pdf
CFR Blast 19 (January 2018) What's Happening in Fort Collins
CFR Blast 18 (/16) (December 2017) Contact Your Legislators
CFR Blast 17 (September 2017) Fall Money Watch
CFR Blast 16 (August 2017) Democracy in Chains Book Review
CFR Blast 15 (15 July 2017) Denver Initiative
CFR Blast 14 (1 July 2015) Wisconsin Reform Proposals
CFR Blast 13 (15 June 2017): Seattle's Democracy Vouchers
CFR Blast 12 (April 2017) Support Campaign Finance Reform in Colorado

CFR Blast 11 (March 2016) A Move to Replace the FEC
CFR Blast 10 (February 2016) A Win for Voters

CFR Blast 9 (January 2016) Montana and Colorado Online Disclosure

CFR Blast 8 (December 2015) A Modest Proposal

CFR Blast 7 (October 2015) California Strengthens Legislation 

CFR Blast 6 (September 2015) Get Your Facts Straight !

CFR Blast 5 (August 2015) News Stories from around the Country

CFR Blast 4 (June 2015) More Money from Fewer Donors

CFR Blast 3 (April 2015) Money in Colorado 2014 Elections

CFR Blast 2 (March 2015) Election Spending in Competitive Senate Races

CFR Blast 1 (January 2015) Follow the Money

Campaign Finance in Colorado

You'll find information about the state rules and regulations (and much more) at the Secretary of State's website: 

          Elections - Secretary of State

An example of the resources available on the website of the Secretary of State is TRACER – the campaign finance disclosure website.  Click the link below to see an example of a TRACER report: 

          TRACER - Major Contributions 2016

As part of the MiP Campaign, we are assembling information about the municipal and county levels of government.  For the most part, counties in Colorado follow the same rules as the State.  Those regulations and other resources can be found at the website below: 

          Laws, Rules and Resources - Secretary of State

Home-rule municipalities (and 4 counties) have more flexibility to control their campaign and election regulations.  Click the link below to open a PDF version of the list of home-rule municipalities:

          Colorado Home Rule Municipalities

To learn more about the Colorado Municipal League, click the link below to open a PDF version of an overview presentation: 

          Overview of Colorado Municipal Home Rule

MiP Survey Results 1Sep2017

Volunteers from the League of Women Voters surveyed 29 municipalities to learn what campaign finance laws are in effect in Colorado.   As predicted, most cities follow state law, although there are some specific variations.  This report includes the map of geographic distribution of reported municipalities.  The survey questions are listed, and the responses for each municipality are included.