(Jan. 15) – Rep. Emily Sirota’s bill to limit contributions for county offices passed the House State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee today.
“Colorado’s election system should provide a level playing field for all. Every candidate should have a shot – 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.
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.
Colorado already has contribution limits for all statewide candidates for office, but there are no limits for county candidates. This bill levels the playing field by limiting individual contributions to county candidates to $2500 per cycle with proportional limits for partnerships, political committees, small donor committees, and political parties.
The bill was approved on a vote of 6-3. The bill now goes to the Appropriations Committee.
HB19-1046, the bipartisan Freedom to Vote Act, sponsored by Rep. Susan Lontine, D-Denver and Rep. Dave Williams, R-Colorado Springs was also approved by the committee by a vote of 9-0. This bill concerns the waiver of fees that a delegate to a party assembly may be required to pay to participate in the party assembly. The bill now goes to the House floor.