Let’s Get Big Money Out of Politics
Our democracy is failing because large amounts of money from corporations, very wealthy individuals, and special interests enable candidates to run for office, win elections, and then, pass legislation favoring their contributors. This situation has been greatly exacerbated by Citizens United and other Supreme Court decisions that have weakened campaign finance laws and made our election and regulatory systems less fair.
League’s Money in Politics Team is your source for non-partisan information, dialogue, strategic planning and advocacy to make sure our democratic process works for people, not big money interests. We align our work with the League of Women Voters US position on money in politics, and network with campaign finance reform groups to represent the interests of Boulder County residents.
Ruth Stemler, Lisa Graves, Peggy Leech, and Shirley Jin
Lisa Graves is president of True North Research and co-director of DocumentedInvestigations.org
Campaign Finance Regulations for Boulder County Governments
Do you know your city's regulations for campaign finance donations? While Colorado has some good election and campaign finance laws, each city may have its own additional rules. To see your city's rules and regulations, as well as how much each local candidate in your city has raised, click on your city link below:
Boulder Erie Lafayette Longmont Louisville Lyons Nederland Superior
Follow the Money
Click the links below to see the Center for Responsive Politics OpenSecrets.org fundraising profiles for our Boulder County federal elected officials:
For information on campaign spending on social media:
Proposition CC: Defeated 2019
Colorado Proposition CC, the Allow State to Retain Revenue for Transportation and Education Measure, was on the ballot as a legislatively referred state statute on November 5, 2019. The League of Women Voters of Colorado supported a Yes vote.
According to the Secretary of State's Office: Election Results and Data
In the 2019 election,state-wide, the votes for Proposition CC totaled 724,060, and those against totaled 838,282.
In Boulder Country, the votes for Proposition CC totaled 76,359, and those against totaled 37,175.
More Information on Money in Politics
More on ALEC
If you missed our showing of Bill Moyer's "United States of ALEC: A Follow Up", click to view the film on YouTube.
ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) was started in 1973 by conservative activist Paul Weyrich, who also founded the Heritage Foundation. ALEC is well-funded by billionaires Charles and David Koch (deceased 8.23.2019), and uses billionaires and large corporations secretly to fund and manipulate hundreds, if not thousands of template bills in nearly every state to benefit those same billionaires and corporations, and by-pass public input. The bills include matters such as, “right to work,” which prevents labor unions from collecting dues by payroll deduction, and destabilizes union negotiations for fair wages and working conditions. The owners benefit from this legislation. Other template bills include those that eliminate various, environmentally sound laws, endangering wildlife, and benefiting corporations; and bills that create on-line education schools run by private organizations that profit; and many more bills.
For more information:
– Watch "United States of ALEC: A Follow Up," by Bill Moyers and Company at https://billmoyers.com/episode/united-states-of-alec-a-follow-up/
– Learn more about ALEC itself at its website: https://www.alec.org/
– Learn if your state legislator is an ALEC member at https://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Colorado_ALEC_Politicians
– Learn what is being done to publicize ALEC at https://www.alecexposed.org/, or https://www.commoncause.org/
– In general, check facts at Annenberg Public Policy Center’s fact check site at https://www.factcheck.org/
– Read Nation on the Take: How Big Money Corrupts Our Democracy and What We Can Do about It, by Wendell Potter, and Nick Penniman ($15.30 plus tax, paperback at Barnes and Noble).