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Let’s Get Big Money Out of Politics

Our democracy is failing because large amounts of money from corporations, very wealthy individuals, and special interests enable 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 weakened campaign finance laws and made our election and regulatory systems less fair. 

League’s Money in Politics Team is your source for non-partisan information, dialogue, strategic planning and advocacy to make sure our democratic process works for people, not big money interests. We align our work with the League of Women Voters US position on money in politics, and network with campaign finance reform groups to represent the interests of Boulder County residents.

Ruth Stemler, Peggy Leech, and Shirley Jin with Lisa Graves

Ruth Stemler, Lisa Graves, Peggy Leech, and Shirley Jin.  Lisa Graves is president of True North Research and co-director of

Learn who is financing candidates and campaigns, how to track the money in U.S. politics, and how that money affects policy and citizens' lives.  A new feature allows you to view campaign ad spending as well. 

Click the link below to view the recording of the LWVCO training webinar on 3 June 2020.  Dr. Sarah Bryner of the Center for Responsive Politics reviewed the information resources available on the website. 

LWVCO recording:


To follow the money being spent on Colorado's ballot issues this year, visit Ballotpedia:

The Ballotpedia site provides a wealth of information, including statistics and summaries: 

Colorado 2020 elections: U.S. Senate • U.S. House • State executive offices • State Senate • State House • Supreme court • Appellate courts • Local judges • State ballot measures • Local ballot measures • Municipal • Recalls • Candidate ballot access

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Below are a collection on links that allow you to learn more about how money works in our political system:  campaign finance regulations, contributions to our Congressional delegation and electoral spending, and local budgets.  Additional resources are available at:   MiP Resources

Follow the Money

On 3 June 2020, Sarah Bryner of the Center for Responsive Politics showed us how to use their authoritative site,, to learn who is financing candidates and campaigns, how to track the money in U.S. politics, and how that money affects policy and citizens' lives.

A recording of the webinar is available at: 

YouTube LWVCO Informative Webinars

Click the links below to see the Center for Responsive Politics fundraising profiles for our Boulder County federal elected officials: 

For information on campaign spending on social media:

TRACER is the Colorado Secretary of State's Campaign Finance Disclosure website where you can track campaign finance information for state and county candidates and state ballot issues. 

TRACER website

Learn to Use TRACER