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Ethics Watch Comments on Proposed Campaign Finance Rule Changes

Today, Colorado Ethics Watch submitted comments on proposed changes to the Campaign and Political Finance Rules. Secretary of State Wayne Williams issued the proposed rules on August 30, 2017 and invited comment.

Ethics Watch commented on two aspects of the proposed rules. First, it supported the Secretary’s effort to clarify the difference between political committees and independent expenditure committees and urged him to include in the rules a statement that political committees may make contributions to candidates and political parties but independent expenditure committees may not. Second, it opposed the Secretary’s rollback of a rule allowing Coloradans to file campaign finance complaints by fax or email. It urged the Secretary to restore email filing, or at a minimum, to establish rules permitting filing by mail or private delivery service.

Click here to read Ethics Watch’s comments.

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Ethics Watch Submits Comments On Proposed SOS Rules

January 14 – Today, Ethics Watch submitted comments opposing proposed changes to the Colorado Election Rules that would increase the chances of partisan mischief in elections and exceed the authority of the Colorado Secretary of State.

The two rules would (1) allow political parties to dictate to clerks which election judges should perform the task of signature verification and (2) apply electioneering prohibitions to drop-box locations, which would increase opportunities for harassing election complaints if, for example, a car with a political bumper sticker inadvertently drove within 100 feet of a drop box located on a public street.

The hearing on the proposed rules is today at 9:00 a.m. Ethics Watch will not submit additional testimony at the hearing.

Click here to read Ethics Watch’s comments.

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