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Coloradans are contributing lots of money to Liz Cheney in the Republican U.S. House primary in Wyoming

Colorado money is flowing into the closely watched Republican U.S. House primary next week in Wyoming between U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney and her Trump-backed challenger, Harriet Hageman. And some of the GOP’s most prominent donors are split in their support, mirroring the party’s Colorado split between those aligned with former President Donald Trump and those […]

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Democrats fund ads boosting controversial GOP candidates in critical Colorado primaries

Groups linked to Democrats appear to be trying to use pricey television ads and mailers to boost the profiles of three conservative — and controversial — candidates in Colorado running in important Republican primaries this year. The effort seems to be aimed at giving Democrats a leg up in the general election. It’s not the first […]

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

A bipartisan effort to clarify how much money political nonprofits can spend supporting or opposing Colorado ballot measures before they have to disclose their donors would likely allow the so-called dark-money groups to keep their finances secret in most cases.  Two political nonprofits that often work against each other on Colorado ballot initiatives — the […]

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

The text messages about Republican candidates for U.S. Senate landed in quick succession at about 1:30 p.m. on April 9, the day of the Colorado GOP’s state assembly. Four blasted conservative radio host Deborah Flora. Two attacked state Rep. Ron Hanks, while another criticized former Olympian Eli Bremer. None of those seven texts — which […]

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

Colorado’s 20-year-old campaign donation limits will remain unchanged — at least for now — after a federal judge late Thursday rejected a request from a group of Republicans for a preliminary injunction immediately suspending the limits. Individual donors are limited to giving $400 to state legislative candidates and $1,250 to candidates for statewide office. Those […]

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

Two Republican candidates have filed a federal lawsuit seeking to unwind Colorado’s 20-year-old campaign donation limits. Greg Lopez, who is running for governor, and state Rep. Rod Pelton, of Cheyenne Wells, who is running for state Senate, along with former Colorado Republican Party Chairman Steve House are plaintiffs in the lawsuit against the Secretary of […]

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

In the aftermath of hotly contested, big money school board elections around the state, Colorado lawmakers are seeking to cap for the first time how much money donors can give to candidates in those races. But legislation that passed a House committee Monday won’t affect spending by independent committees that play a significant role in […]

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

A deep-pocketed conservative political nonprofit that doesn’t disclose its donors funded almost every major Republican political group and effort in Colorado last year, according to a tax document obtained by The Colorado Sun that for the first time reveals the breadth of the organization’s influence. The document reveals that Unite for Colorado distributed $17.2 million […]

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Douglas County Commissioner Lora Thomas is running for sheriff

By Elliott Wenzler, Douglas County News-Press In a move that could shake up Douglas County’s political leadership, county Commissioner Lora Thomas announced Friday that she will run for sheriff in 2022. If the Republican’s bid is successful, she would be required to resign from her current position in county government about two years early and […]