Just a day after the state Supreme Court allowed corporations and unions more leeway in political giving, lawmakers were looking to add greater disclosure and possibly new limitations for those entities in state campaign-finance laws.
Monday’s state court decision follows the U.S. Supreme Court decision in January allowing corporations and unions to spend money directly advocating for or against candidates and to buy advertisements in the run-up to primary and general elections.
State Sen. Morgan Carroll, D-Aurora, wants to close reporting loopholes she said already exist and ensure that any new forms of spending are properly disclosed ahead of an important election, The Denver Post reports.
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The Durango Herald: Corporations that want to spend money on Colorado elections might soon face tighter requirements for telling the public about their campaign activities. Gov. Bill Ritter and Secretary of State Bernie Buescher are backing the effort, which they said would be introduced in the Legislature this year. It’s a response to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in January that said corporations have the First Amendment right to spend freely on elections.