Skip to contents

Amendment 75: Everything you need to know about the 2018 Colorado ballot question

Amendment 75 has to do with campaign contribution limits in Colorado. 

Type: Change in state constitution. 55 percent required for passage.

At issue: Should candidates be allowed to raise more money when one of their opponents “directs” $1 million to their own campaign?

Currently, candidates running for statewide office can raise up to $1,150 from each donor, while down-ballot candidates are limited to $400. This would increase those limits fivefold — to $5,750 and $2,000, respectively — if one candidate in the race ponies up $1 million or more in contributions or loans to their own campaign.

Notably, the limits would increase for everyone — including the candidate that triggers it. And the amendment would also take effect if a candidate “facilitates or coordinates” third-party contributions worth more than $1 million, such as fundraising for a super-PAC.

The ramifications: This could help level the fundraising playing field for candidates facing a wealthy opponent. It could also inject even more money into a political system that’s awash in it. But the reality is there are already ways around the state’s existing campaign finance limits. Independent expenditure committees can raise unlimited amounts, as long as they don’t coordinate with the candidate on how the money is spent.

For more: Read the measure and the ballot analysis.

— Brian Eason, Special to The Colorado Sun 

MORE: A preview of Colorado’s 2018 ballot: Taxes, roads and an existential crisis for oil and gas

More from The Colorado Sun