from the Money in Politics Team
ALEC Bills in Colorado Legislature 2020
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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).
Proposition CC: Defeated 2019
Colorado Proposition CC, the Allow State to Retain Revenue for Transportation and Education Measure, was on the ballot as a legislatively referred state statute on November 5, 2019. The League of Women Voters of Colorado supported a Yes vote.
According to the Secretary of State's Office: Election Results and Data
In the 2019 election,state-wide, the votes for Proposition CC totaled 724,060, and those against totaled 838,282.
In Boulder Country, the votes for Proposition CC totaled 76,359, and those against totaled 37,175.
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
Collecting Information 2017
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.
Money in Politics Report 16 Sep 2017
State-wide Campaign: Keeping MiP in the Public Eye 2017-2018
LWVUS Money in Politics Action Kit
The League is deeply committed to reforming our nation's campaign finance system to ensure the public's right to know, combat corruption and undue influence, enable candidates to compete more equitably for public office and allow maximum citizen participation in the political process.
This Action Kit provides tools for League members to take action in your community or state related to reforming money in politics.
Click to view a narrated version of the presentationInspired to Action
City of Boulder Campaign Finance Reform
In Boulder City Council elections can candidates choose public financing. The League worked to design and implement this public financing system. Visit the City of Boulder web site to learn more about the Campaign Finance Reform Initiative.
Brochures, PowerPoints, and FAQs:
MiP Brochure Summer 2018
Campaign Finance Reform FAQ [60 KB, 5 pages](Spring 2016)
Publicly Financed Campaigns FAQ [50 KB, 3 pages] (Spring 2016)
Will Democracy Survive? Publicly Financed Campaigns[150 KB, 2 pages]
Money In Politics: Schools [585 KB, 17 pages] (February 2016)
Money in American Elections: Democracy in Danger [745 KB, 29 pages] (March 2016)
Money in American Elections: Democracy in Danger (notes) [600 KB, 29 pages] (March 2016)
MiP Handouts from 2017 LWVCO Convention
Our team prepared a set of handouts for the LWVCO Convention in May 2017 that includes tips for organizing and links to sources and resources. Click the link following: 2017 LWVCO Convention Handouts.
Community Conversations 2017
The League of Women Voters of Chaffee County selected Money in Politics as the topic for their 13 November 2017 meeting with Rionda Osman (LWVBC) as speaker. They held a Drinks and Dialog event on 16 November 2017 with Caroline Fry of Common Cause leading the discussion.
The League of Women Voters of Greeley/ Weld County sponsored a panel discussion of the basics of campaign finance, particularly at the local level.
Campaign Finance Panel Discussion 16Nov2017
The League of Women Voters of the Pikes Peak Region held a series of community conversations in Colorado Springs about how money in politics exacts a steep price on the common good.
Colorado Springs MiP Series Sep 2017