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.
We are working to encourage municipalities in Boulder County to adopt or improve their campaign finance reform systems. Click the link below to explore some frequently asked questions:
For our Publicly Financed Campaigns FAQ click here
For our Campaign Finance Reform FAQ click here
We are frequently called upon to speak at schools and to community organizations about money in our elections, how voters can find information and how they can take action. If you wish to schedule a speaker for your group or want other information about campaign finance reform, send an email to our Team Leader: CFR_Team@lwvbc.org
The LWVUS Study Guide to Money in Politics, with consensus questions, is available here.
The LWVUS Money In Politics consensus questions with links to the background papers are available here.
The LWVUS MIP Study Team posted a PowerPoint Money in Politics Slide Show hat outlines the need for regulating money in politics.
CFR Blast 11 (March 2016) A Move to Replace the FEC
CFR Blast 10 (February 2016) A Win for Voters
CFR Blast 9 (January 2016) Montana and Colorado Online Disclosure
CFR Blast 8 (December 2015) A Modest Proposal
CFR Blast 7 (October 2015) California Strengthens Legislation
CFR Blast 6 (September 2015) Get Your Facts Straight !
CFR Blast 5 (August 2015) News Stories from around the Country
CFR Blast 4 (June 2015) More Money from Fewer Donors
CFR Blast 3 (April 2015) Money in Colorado 2014 Elections
CFR Blast 2 (March 2015) Election Spending in Competitive Senate Races
CFR Blast 1 (January 2015) Follow the Money
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I would like to thank Michael Bennet for his recent guest commentary on money in politics. We do, indeed, have an overwhelmingly corrupt federal legislature, and American democracy no longer exists. The massive money spent by the few extremely wealthy Americans in support or opposition to a candidate has turned our government from a democracy to an oligarchy, where wealthy elites wield most of the power.
Candidates who are not willing to accept money in return for their votes on legislation usually do not have the means to mount an effective campaign that can compete with the media blitz provided by the wealthy. This is responsible for legislation that has hurt ordinary Americans in many ways, most notably economically.
The solution is publicly financed campaigns. While there is federal legislation for publicly financed campaigns, it is extremely unlikely to be passed because it is not favored by the wealthy. However, the people can gradually gain control through grassroots efforts at the city, county and state levels. According to the Campaign Finance Institute, as of 2015, in the U.S. there are 15 cities, three counties and 13 states that have publicly financed campaigns, most with notable success. Boulder is one of the cities.