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Despite Colorado’s tradition of transparency, gaps in the state’s ethics laws put it in the middle of the pack on the State Integrity Index.  Read more from SII State Reporter Hope Hamashige.

Latest state news for Colorado

A California organization receives $11 million from another group based in Arizona, which received the cash from a separate group, which in turn had it funneled from a fourth, based near Washington, D.C. Drug cartel money headed for an offshore account?  No, just state electioneering in a post-Citizens United world.

The current state of campaign finance affairs, laid out in a report Thursday from Stateline, exemplifies how the growing role of independent national political groups is causing problems for state officials trying to enforce their own election laws. Independent spending had unprecedented influence on state elections this year, with millions of dollars in corporate and other outside money shaping races across the country.


State Integrity news from SII partner Colorado Public Radio:

It’s a pretty sweet deal. Three men facing tens of thousands of dollars in fines for campaign finance violations wound up getting slapped with the equivalent of a parking ticket. But how? Colorado Public Radio takes us through one tale of campaign finance waivers.

Read and hear more from Colorado Public Radio.


State Integrity news from SII partner Colorado Public Radio:

The ongoing controversy about judicial secrecy in the Aurora shooting case has called attention to Colorado's disclosure laws. Judge William Sylvester has sealed documents normally open to the public. Colorado earned a "C" grade in the Investigation's category of "judicial accountability."

Hear more from Colorado Public Radio.


State Integrity news from SII partner Colorado Public Radio:

Reporters playing cat-and-mouse with lawmakers in the Capitol, legislators slipping away to secluded restaurant booths, Colorado's open meetings law looks simple enough on paper, but in real world practice it's no easy matter.

Listen to the discussion from Colorado Public Radio.

 


State Integrity news from Colorado from SII partner Colorado Public Radio:

Six years ago, Colorado voters created a place where citizens can go if they spot a public official behaving badly. But in the four years since the Independent Ethics Commission began holding hearings, only two ordinary citizens have made it all the way through the Commission's complaint process.

Read and hear more from Colorado Public Radio.


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