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Colorado campaign finance laws: School board race rule impacting 2018 contests

Oct 11, 2017 by

A new campaign finance law for Colorado school board races is causing headaches for candidates in the state’s top-line elections in 2018 — from governor to attorney general  and beyond — by requiring them to effectively file daily donation reports more than eight months before their primary contests.

State lawmakers last year passed legislation meant to make public last-minute contributions flowing into the state’s off-year school board races by requiring candidates to disclose contributions of $1,000 or more within 24 hours starting a month from the election.

But, according to the Colorado secretary of state’s officeHouse Bill 1282 accidentally applied the requirements to statewide races.

That means the candidates for the state’s highest offices in 2018 — including more than a dozen people who have filed to run for governor — must report donations of more than $1,000 from now until the Nov. 7 school board elections.

“It was only our intent to deal with the school board elections,” said state House Majority Leader KC Becker, a Boulder Democrat and one of the legislation’s prime sponsors.

Source: Colorado campaign finance laws: School board race rule impacting 2018 contests

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