Bill targets campaign dark money

By David O. Williams


Lost last week in the uproar over higher-profile bills such as a proposed “red flag,” gun safety lawand tougher oil and gas drilling regulations, a Colorado legislative committee on Thursday quietly approved a campaign finance disclosure bill aimed at daylighting dark money in political races – a heated issue in local ballot battles last fall in Eagle County.

State Sen. Kerry Donovan, a Vail Democrat who represents a large swath of the Western Slope at the state Capitol – including Eagle County — voted in favor of SB-068, or the Expand Disclosure Electioneering Communications Act. She complained last year that her Republican opponent enjoyed a flood of anonymous campaign ads despite very little hard cash in his campaign coffers.

The bill would require the listing of any person or group’s name that spends more than $1,000 a year on electioneering communications such as TV ads, mailers or flyers at any point between the primary and general election. It passed the full Senate 23-12 last month, cleared the House State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee by a 6-3 vote on Thursday and heads to the full House floor, Tuesday.

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