Skip to contents

campaign finance

campaign finance
campaign finance

Colorado lawmakers want to put clear guardrails around how dark money can be spent on ballot measures

Democratic Secretary of State Jena Griswold opposes the bipartisan bill, but won’t say why

Politics and Government

Coloradans should prepare for a tsunami of anonymous political text messages as 2022 campaign season kicks into gear

Federal and state laws require that the people and groups behind political text messages disclose who they are, but that seldom happens and enforcement is rare

Politics and Government

Colorado campaign donation limits stand — for now — after federal court ruling

A federal judge acknowledged that the state’s 2002 restraints may be too low but that a full trial is needed for him to make a determination

Politics and Government

Republicans seek to overturn Colorado’s candidate donation limits in federal court

The effort to immediately abandon the limits is set for hearing next week as opponents argue unlimited individual donations to candidates would create “a toxic, Wild West scenario”

Politics and Government

Colorado school board races are big-money affairs. A new bill seeks to rein in donors through campaign finance limits.

Contributions to Colorado school board candidates could be limited to $2,500 from individual donors, if a bill in the House becomes law.

Politics and Government

Conservative dark-money group bankrolled almost every major Republican effort in Colorado last year, tax docs show

Unite for Colorado, a nonprofit that doesn’t have to disclose its donors, spent $17.2 million in Colorado last year, according to an IRS filing that for the first time reveals the breadth of the organization’s influence

Politics and Government

Douglas County Commissioner Lora Thomas is running for sheriff

If elected, Thomas would have to leave her other elected office two years early

Politics and Government

Two Republican candidates running for statewide office are opting to limit their campaign spending. That’s unusual.

By adopting voluntary spending caps, Colorado gubernatorial candidate Heidi Ganahl and secretary of state candidate Pam Anderson can sidestep limits on receiving donations

Politics and Government

6 big takeaways from the 2021 election results in Colorado and beyond

There was good news for Republicans and Democrats -- and warning signs for both parties headed into the 2022 election season

Politics and Government

Nicolais: Money drove many Republican operatives toward Trumpism

With their careers and livelihoods in the balance, it is easy to understand why so many went along with the sea change in the Republican Party

Opinion Columns

Conservative dark-money group battles to keep its donors secret in showdown with Colorado’s secretary of state

The nonprofit Unite for Colorado plans to appeal its $40,000 fine while facing a second complaint for spending on ballot measures

Politics and Government

Lauren Boebert discloses husband’s work for oil and gas firm with heavy presence in her district — but not until after campaign

Jayson Boebert earned about $500,000 in each 2020 and 2019. Ethics and campaign finance laws require candidates to disclose sources of their immediate family's income to let voters evaluate potential conflicts of interest

Politics and Government

Colorado AFL-CIO will withhold donations to Democratic campaign committees through May 2022, saying unions have been “excluded”

“We need the Colorado Democratic Party to treat us like authentic partners,” Colorado AFL-CIO Executive Director Dennis Dougherty wrote in a letter to fellow labor leaders

Politics and Government

Lauren Boebert’s campaign leads the pack as Colorado congressional candidates raised $4.8M last quarter

Boebert, a Garfield County Republican, gathered nearly $1 million in April, May and June. Gov. Jared Polis gave his reelection campaign $250,000.

Politics and Government

Nearly $1.5 million pours into Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District for Lauren Boebert, Kerry Donovan

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, a Colorado Democrat whose race is crucial to his party’s majority in the Senate, hauled in $1.2 million

Politics and Government

In record year for Colorado campaign finance complaints, Republicans cry foul over enforcement

A nonprofit fined $22,000 says it doesn’t have the money to pay the penalty or appeal the decision

Politics and Government

Nicolais: Does political extremism breed ethical lapses?

When leaders from either end of the political spectrum ignore ethical norms, it filters down to their adherents

Opinion Columns

How Colorado’s congressional delegation helped their friends – and themselves – with leadership PACs in 2020

Cory Gardner and John Hickenlooper raised and spent the bulk of the millions

Politics and Government

Top spenders on Colorado ballot measures all claimed victory in 2020 election, new reports show

Two nonprofits that don't disclose donors emerged as the top individual contributors at the state level this year, highlighting a loophole in state transparency law

Politics and Government

John Hickenlooper spent $41 million to win Colorado’s U.S. Senate race, far surpassing Cory Gardner

In the 3rd Congressional District, Lauren Boebert defeated her Democratic opponent despite being outspent 2 to 1, new records show

Politics and Government
1 of 6