GOP Campaign Finance Secrecy Effort Fails

(March 25) – A GOP bill to hide some campaign contributions from the public was killed today by the Democrats on the House State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee.

SB15-061 had already passed the Senate and was sponsored in the House by Rep. Justin Everett, R-Littleton. It would have waived campaign finance disclosure and reporting requirements to issue committees until an issue committee has raised or spent in excess of $5,000.

Currently, the state constitution, which can only be changed by the voters, imposes a $200 threshold for issue committees.

Colorado voters have repeatedly supported greater campaign finance disclosure – Amendment 65 passed in 2012 with 74 percent support.

“I’m not sure which part of this bill is worse — an effort to do an end-run around the state constitution or allowing our campaign finance disclosure process to slip deeper into obscurity,” said Rep. Su Ryden, chairwoman of the committee. “Our campaign finance laws should be moving toward greater transparency, not greater secrecy.”

The bill was defeated on a 6-5 party-line vote

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