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Campaign Finance Reform Team

Campaign Finance ReformFocus of the Campaign Finance Reform Team:  Money in Politics

Our democracy is failing as the money of corporations, special interests and very wealthy individuals enables 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 eliminated campaign finance laws.  Read the LWVUS position on Money In Politics.

Like all League Issue Teams, we welcome new participants! You don't have to be an expert to join us. You do not have to be a League member to attend one of our team meetings and learn more. We meet monthly.  Check the calendar for the next meeting. Contact our Campaign Finance Reform Team Leader - Teams@lwvbc.org - for meeting locations and more information about our agenda.


Resources

Our team has created materials to inform members and the public about issues surrounding money in our political system.  We are working to encourage municipalities in Boulder County to adopt or improve their campaign finance reform systems.

In Boulder City Council elections can candidates choose public financing. The League worked to design and implement this public financing system.  Visit the City of Boulder web site to learn more about the Campaign Finance Reform Initiative.  


LWVBC Toolkit for
Campaign Finance Reform

 

Click the link below to view our Money in Politics video on YouTube: 

           Let's Talk ... Money in Politics



Our one-page CFR Toolkit [85 KB, 1 page] provides information about other organizations that share our commitment to campaign finance reform. 


 

We have collected some frequently asked questions about campaign finance and publicly financed campaigns, including questions about Colorado law:

Campaign Finance Reform FAQ  [60 KB, 5 pages] (Spring 2016)

Publicly Financed Campaigns FAQ [50 KB, 3 pages] (Spring 2016)



You can download a short brochure:  Will Democracy Survive? Publicly Financed Campaigns [150 KB, 2 pages] 


We are frequently called upon to speak at schools and to community organizations about money in our elections, where to find information, and how to take action. If you wish to schedule a speaker for your class or group, send an email to our Team Leader: teams@lwvbc.org

We have created slide show presentations that explore the topic of Money in Politics, and we encourage others to use these materials to inform people of the situation created by money in politics.  If you use one of these resources, please send an email to our Team Leader: teams@lwvbc.org and tell us about your experiences. 

Money In Politics: Schools [585 KB, 17 pages] (February 2016)

Money in American Elections: Democracy in Danger
[745 KB, 29 pages] (March 2016)

Money in American Elections: Democracy in Danger (notes) [600 KB, 29 pages] (March 2016)

Money In Politics:

What We're Doing Now

Keeping MiP in the Public Eye
click to visit the CFR Resources page


Community Conversations


The League of Women Voters of Chaffee County selected Money in Politics as the topic for their 13 November 2017 meeting with Rionda Osman (LWVBC) as speaker.  They held a Drinks and Dialog event on 16 November 2017 with Caroline Fry of Common Cause leading the discussion. 

More Info: LWV Chaffee County


The League of Women Voters of Greeley/ Weld County sponsored a panel discussion of the basics of campaign finance, particularly at the local level. 

Campaign Finance Panel Discussion 16Nov2017


The League of Women Voters
of the Pikes Peak Region held a series of community conversations in Colorado Springs about how money in politics exacts a steep price on the common good.

Colorado Springs MiP Series Sep 2017


Letter-Writing Campaign


We must keep citizens aware of the issues involved when we talk about Money in Politics. It is easy to dismiss actual problems and assume that nothing can be done, but we can prepare the voters to support common-sense campaign finance reform. Check out our CFR Blasts for source material.

We're setting a goal of writing at least one Letter to the Editor each month.  Jane Everham of LWV of Larimer County has kicked off this campaign. Read her letter here:

            LtE Jane Everham (Larimer) 1Jun2017

and our latest contribution is from Shirley Jin (Boulder)

Commentary Shirley Jin (Boulder) Daily Camera  5Aug2017

which elicited a response from Jean Hardwicke of Boulder

Jean Hardwicke's Response to Jin's Commentary 9 Aug 2017


Please share examples of your work.  We'll post them here to inspire each other:

            MiP Letter Writing Campaign

Click the button below to send an email with a link to your letter or attach a copy or share an idea: 

                               MiP Campaign

MiP Handouts from 2017 LWVCO Convention
Our team prepared a set of handouts for the LWVCO Convention in May 2017 that includes tips for organizing and links to sources and resources.  Click the link below:

            2017 LWVCO Convention Handouts


CFR Blasts

The Campaign Finance Reform Team sends out CFR Blasts, short memos on newsworthy topics about money in politics.  Click to read our latest blast:

        CFR Blast 17 (1 Sep 2017) Fall Money Watch

Click to browse through the collection:

                                 Blasts 

Collecting Information on Campaign Finance Regulations

Survey Results


A second goal that we set ourselves is to collect information about campaign finance regulations in Colorado.  We asked Leaguers round the state to contribute. 

The MiP Project (Summer 2017) report has been completed.  Click the link below to view and download a PDF copy: 

MiP Survey Results 1Sep2017

The results were presented at the LWVCO Make Democracy Work Conference in Denver, 16 September 2017.  Click the link below to view the view the slides and download a PDF copy: 

Money in Politics Report 16 Sep 2017

Click the link below to reach our CFR Resources page where you'll find links to Home Rule documentation, TRACER listing of 2016 contributions, and more. 

                         CFR Resources on MiP



LWVUS Money in Politics Action Kit


The League is deeply committed to reforming our nation's campaign finance system to ensure the public's right to know, combat corruption and undue influence, enable candidates to compete more equitably for public office and allow maximum citizen participation in the political process.

This Action Kit provides tools for League members to take action in your community or state related to reforming money in politics.

Money in Politics: Letter to the Editor Template   (to download a Word document) 

Click to view a narrated version of the presentation Inspired to Action