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Campaign Finance

Investigation finds campaign finance, ethics, open records areas where Colorado needs to improve

Megan Schrader (The Colorado Springs Gazette)-

Colorado fared better than many states in a measure of how vulnerable to corruptible state government and officials are, but the research compiled by the Center for Public Integrity still found cause for concern – particularly with the state’s laws regulating open records, campaign finance and ethics.

The State Integrity Investigation was released Monday by the national nonprofit news group and gave all 50 states a letter grade based on a detailed rubric that scored performances in 13 categories… Click here to read the full article >>

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Big money a factor in two Colorado Springs school board races

Maria St. Louis-Sanchez (The Colorado Springs Gazette)-

There was once a time when a school board election involved a couple of yard signs and some handshaking at PTA meetings.

Tuesday’s election shows that those kinds of campaigns are a thing of the past in Colorado Springs School District 11 and Lewis-Palmer School District 38.

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Plenty of secrecy in funding of District 38 school board races

Maria St. Louis-Sanchez (The Colorado Springs Gazette)-

The Lewis-Palmer School District 38 School Board election was particularly secretive this year, with large donors not reported on campaign filings and one secretive committee that has ties to a Colorado Republican operative who has been disciplined for political dealings.

“This race was very dirty,” said Sarah Sampayo, who narrowly beat out teacher-supported candidate Kris Beasley in Lewis-Palmer’s District 2 race. “This was my first experience with politics and hope it’s my last.” Click Here to read the full article >>

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Big money a factor in two Colorado Springs school board races

Maria St. Louis-Sanchez (The Colorado Springs Gazette)-

There was once a time when a school board election involved a couple of yard signs and some handshaking at PTA meetings.

Tuesday’s election shows that those kinds of campaigns are a thing of the past in Colorado Springs School District 11 and Lewis-Palmer School District 38… Click Here to read the full article >>

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Smoke screen of outside money, complex disclosure laws obscure spending in school board races

Todd Engdahl (Chalkbeat Colorado)-

Good luck if you’re trying to follow the money in Colorado’s increasingly expensive and contentious school board races.

Increased involvement by outside groups and inconsistencies in state law have made it harder for voters to track who’s supporting board candidates.

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Dark money, lies and disclosure in the JeffCo school board race

Marianne Goodland (The Colorado Independent)- Groups opposed to the recall of three conservative Jefferson County Board of Education members are doing their best to keep under wraps how much they’re spending on opposition mailers or TV time. And these groups are getting help in hiding that spending from an industry that normally advocates for the public’s right to know: Denver’s broadcast TV stations.

The Colorado Independent has so far been able to tie at least $261,000 in advertising to the groups that either directly advocate against the recall or in favor of actions taken by the board majority. All but $41,000 comes from groups that are not required by either state or federal law to disclose donations or how they spend their money. And it’s just the tip of the iceberg.

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Watchdog group files complaints against groups pushing recall

Gabrielle Porter (High Timber Times)- A Colorado Springs-based watchdog organization has accused groups involved in instigating the recall of three Jeffco school members of violating state campaign finance laws in two lawsuits that will go before Colorado’s Office of Administrative Courts.

Colorado Government Watch alleged in an Oct. 13 complaint that nonprofit groups Jeffco United and Support Jeffco Kids — both of which have ties to the organization that initiated the recall of conservative school board members John Newkirk, Ken Witt and Julie Williams — are acting as financial pass-throughs for campaign funds while their nonprofit status protects them from disclosing donors. Colorado Government Watch wants the state to require both groups to register as issue committees, which would force them to disclose their donors, said director Dede Laugesen.

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Attorney’s listicle shows horror of Colorado school board rules

Kyle Harris (The Colorado Independent)- Few organizations bust Colorado’s power brokers in court as regularly as Colorado Ethics Watch. So when the organization’s attorney Peg Perl speaks — especially in a Buzzfeed listicle — Coloradans would be wise to listen.

Check out her post: “6 Scary Things You Need to Know About Colorado School Boards,” in which she uses GIF’s of pop culture icons including Darth Vader, Jerry Maguire and Napoleon (of Napoleon Dynamite) to explain troubling facts about the state’s rules governing school boards.

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10th Circuit: Do Voters Really Need Political Spending Disclosure?

Peg Perl (Harvard Law & Policy Review)- Over the last 10 years, the U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly struck down campaign finance spending bans and contribution limits while keeping disclosure requirements intact. According to the Brennan Center, the Roberts Court has invalidated six different major provisions in federal and state laws and “significantly reshaped the legal landscape dictating how much big money can flow into political races.”

However, even the Citizens United case almost unanimously (8-1) reiterated the constitutionality of the public disclosure requirements when individuals or corporations run advertisements during the final weeks of the campaign season naming a candidate (“electioneering communications”). As Professor Rick Hasen notes in his 2011 analysis of Citizens United, the Court re-emphasized that the voting public has an “informational interest” in knowing who is speaking about candidates even when those ads avoid specific calls to vote for or against the candidate.

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Donors’ identities concealed in school board campaigns

Gabrielle Porter (Canyon Courier)- Groups on both sides of the contentious Jeffco school board recall election have employed funding methods that conceal donors’ identities.

Since efforts to recall conservative board members John Newkirk, Ken Witt and Julie Williams were launched in late June, Jeffco residents have been inundated with information from both sides.

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