House votes for disclosure of independent spending on ads touting political parties

House votes for disclosure of independent spending on ads touting political parties

Jeffrey Roberts (Colorado FOIC) – The Colorado House voted Monday to require independent groups and individuals to disclose expenditures when they buy ads, billboards and mailings that mention only political parties.

Disclosure currently is required when such communications mention candidates, but not when they generally suggest that you support Democrats or Republicans.

Under HB 16-1434, which was sent to the Senate on a 34-31 vote, any entity spending $1,000 or more on this type of communication within 30 days of a primary or 60 days of a general election would have to file a report with the Colorado Secretary of State.

Such ads also would have to include “paid for by” disclaimers. And if they are produced in coordination with a political party, the party must also report the spending.

Click here to read the full story at the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition blog.

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