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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, Peggy Leech, and Shirley Jin with Lisa Graves

Ruth Stemler, Lisa Graves, Peggy Leech, and Shirley Jin.  Lisa Graves is president of True North Research and co-director of

Initiative #271: Policy Changes Pertaining to State Income Taxes

The League of Women Voters of Colorado supports Initiative #271 Policy Changes Pertaining to State Income Taxes.  The LWVUS position (2018) under fiscal policy supports equitable, progressive vs. proportional taxation. 

Initiative #271 repeals the constitutional requirement that all taxable net income be taxed at one rate. Beginning in tax year 2021, the measure replaces the current 4.63% tax on income earned by individuals and fiduciaries with a graduated income tax.  The revenue will be spent (50%) to supplement funding of pre-primary through 12th grade education and (50%) to address the impacts of a growing population and a changing economy.  

Click to read the entire initiative:   Final Text: Initiative #271

For more information:   Colorado Sun 4 March 2020

To learn more, visit Fair Tax Colorado 
and Vision2020 Colorado

We all need to assist in collecting signatures to put the measure on the November ballot. Sign the petition by contacting Petitions are due by July 25th ! 

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Money Matters

Below are a collection on links that allow you to learn more about how money works in our political system:  campaign finance regulations, contributions to our Congressional delegation and electoral spending, and local budgets.  Additional resources are available at:   MiP Resources

Follow the Money

On 3 June 2020, Sarah Bryner of the Center for Responsive Politics showed us how to use their authoritative site,, to learn who is financing candidates and campaigns, how to track the money in U.S. politics, and how that money affects policy and citizens' lives.

A recording of the webinar is available at: 

YouTube LWVCO Informative Webinars

Click the links below to see the Center for Responsive Politics fundraising profiles for our Boulder County federal elected officials: 

For information on campaign spending on social media:


TRACER is the Colorado Secretary of State's Campaign Finance Disclosure website where you can track campaign finance information for state and county candidates and state ballot issues. 

TRACER website

Learn to Use TRACER