(Feb. 15) – Rep. Emily Sirota’s bill to limit contributions for county offices passed the House today. Colorado has contribution limits for all statewide candidates for office, but there are no limits for county candidates. “Our state’s election system should provide a level playing field for all. Every candidate should have a shot at winning – not just those with wealthy friends – but in county races, we often see contributions of $5,000 and $10,000, and sometimes up to $40,000 from wealthy individuals,” said Rep. Sirota, D-Denver. “This bill puts in place common sense measures that ensure every voice can be heard.”
HB19-1007 sets in place common-sense campaign finance limits to protect the integrity of county-level elections such as those for sheriff, commissioner, clerk and recorder, assessor, and others.
This bill helps level the playing field by limiting individual contributions to county candidates to $2,500 per cycle with proportional limits for partnerships, political committees, small donor committees, and political parties.
The bill was approved by a vote of 40-23 and now goes to the Senate.