Colorado Democrats propose reforms to shed more light on political “dark money”

Colorado House Speaker Crisanta Duran on Wednesday rolled out a series of bills to require that more “dark money” be disclosed under the state’s campaign finance laws, calling it a necessary step to ensure that out-of-state interests can’t “drown out the voice of our people.”

The fourth bill, House Bill 1259, was described by its sponsor, state Rep. Mike Weissman, as a pre-emptive strike against a new loophole that may emerge due to a recent court case. The proposal would prevent candidates from controlling their own independent expenditure committees, a kind of campaign finance entity that can raise and spend an unlimited amount of money.

Colorado Democrats propose reforms to shed more light on political “dark money”