Making Democracy Work

Campaign Finance Reform

Focus of the Campaign Finance Reform Team

The focus of the Campaign Finance Reform Team is Money In Politics. Read our LWVUS position on Money in Politics (2016).

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.

Join us

We meet on the first Thursday evening of most months, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.
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. Contact our Campaign Finance Reform Team Leader - CFR_Team@lwvbc.org - for meeting location 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. Only in Boulder City Council elections can candidates choose public funding.

Our one-page Toolkit provides information about other organizations that share our commitment to campaign finance reform.

Click the links below to explore some frequently asked questions:

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

To download our brochure Will Democracy Survive? Publicly Financed Campaigns (2014), click here (LWV of Boulder County and LWV of Colorado, 2014)

Click the links below to download our slide shows:

To see our diagram of Primary Types of Political Funding Groups click here [2015]

Report League events

Our team is gathering information about LWV events throughout Colorado that educate the public about money in politics and advocate campaign finance reform.
If your League has held or participated in such an event, click the link below to open the report form.

Report Form

Complete the questionnaire and click the SUBMIT button at the bottom of the page. An event database will be created and shared.

Advocacy

Our team leader's letter was published in the Boulder Camera on Tuesday, 19 July 2016:

A Solution

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.

SHIRLEY JIN
Boulder