DENVER – Democratic lawmakers are trying to increase the transparency and equity of the system for financing political campaigns with four bills that were introduced Wednesday at the state Legislature.
The bills would change the system by doing such things as limit contributions from individuals to county-level candidates, require all campaign advertisements to list who paid for the distribution, increase voter access to information about who is spending money to influence election results, and close a loophole that allows candidates to circumvent contribution limits for state elections.
The bills are sponsored by three freshman representatives coming off their first campaigns.
“All of us are fresh off open seat races, and we know better than most just how broken our Colorado campaign finance system is,” said Rep. Jeff Bridges, D-Greenwood Village.
The bills are not only a response to what has occurred on a state level, but also in national elections.