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Your Local Taxes

It's sometimes easy to forget that taxes aren't just something we pay -- they are investments.  To see where your money is being invested, click the links below to consult the budgets of our local governments: 

Boulder County Budget:  Boulder County Budget

Boulder Municipal 2020 Budget:     Boulder Approved 2020 Budget        Boulder Budget-in-Brief 2020  

Broomfield City and County Budget:   Broomfield 2020 Annual Budget 

Lafayette Municipal 2020 Budget:   City of Lafayette Finance Department

Longmont Municipal 2020 Budget:  Longmont 2020 Operating Budget   

Louisville Municipal 2020 Budget:  City of Louisville CO Finance Department 

Nederland:  Nederland 2020 Budget 

Superior:  Town of Superior 2020 Operating Budget



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.

 

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/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).


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


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

BLASTS 2015-2018

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



Collecting Information 2017

Survey Results

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



Letter-Writing Campaign 2017

In 2017 our team began a 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 LWV of Larimer County has kicked off this campaign. Read her letter here:

 LtE Jane Everham (Larimer) 1Jun2017

and Shirley Jin (Boulder) wrote a letter:

Commentary Shirley Jin (Boulder) Daily Camera  5Aug2017

which elicited a response from Jean Hardwicke of Boulder

Jean Hardwicke's Response to Jin's Commentary 9 Aug 2017

Barb Grant (Boulder) took aim at money in politics: 

Barb Grant Daily Camera 17Mar2018


Fort Collins' Marge Norskog Pursues "Independent Expenditures"

Read about how this League member is working to close loopholes and bring transparency and disclosure to Fort Collins' elections:

Election watchdog keeps a close eye on Fort Collins
 

Resources

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