PROTECT OUR VOICE!!!! PROTECT OUR VOTE!! CALL TO ACTION!!!
Secretary of State Scott Gessler was elected by Colorado citizens to guard our elections from campaign abuses. Now, the former Republican campaign lawyer is working to open the gates to corporate persons by rewriting campaign finance laws that will trample on the rights of real persons.
Two weeks ago, Gessler quietly released proposed rules that would overhaul Colorado's campaign finance laws. These changes will allow for corporate entities to secretly give hundreds of thousands of dollars to "527" groups that are created for the purpose of influencing political races. Now, Colorado Progressive Action members are standing up and saying "No" to Gessler's attempt to allow "Big Business" to remain hidden while they outspend Coloradans' voice.
We need you to join us at the rulemaking hearing, Dec. 15 from 9 a.m. to noon, so we can stop Gessler form letting corporate burglars through the front door. Tell our elections guard to stop selling out to big money and give Colorado voters want they overwhelmingly want - transparency! Email Hillary Jorgensen at email@example.com to RSVP and get the hearing location and click here and below to put your concerns in writing to be presented at the hearing.
Here are just a few of the key changes being proposed in the 58 pages of sweeping changes:
The new rule would change the definition of "express advocacy" for individual donations to 527s. The new definition is considerably narrower than the current definition. There will be no limits for those 527s that do not engage in "express advocacy" of a candidate. This new definition will allow an unchecked amount of money to flow into 527s without transparency or accountability giving the wealthiest among us an even greater ability to influence the outcome of elections.
The new rule also limits the amount of money a campaign can be fined for not filing the proper financial disclosure reports. Currently, there is no limit on the amount of money a campaign can be fined and such fines force campaigns to comply with timely and complete reports. If campaigns know that there is a ceiling on the fines, they could very easily budget that amount into their campaign plan and never have to file a report or be transparent about where funding is coming from.
Under current law, an issue committee must be formed and campaign finance reports must be filed if an entity spends $200 expressly advocating for an issue. The proposed rule would move that threshold limit to $5,000. This would greatly limit political funding transparency and will induce entities to set up shadow organizations that contribute multiple $4999 donations to issue campaigns. Right now, it's not financially viable to set up multiple organizations to donate $199 to an issue campaign, but that will quickly change when the threshold increases by 2,500%.
CPA believes that voters have a right to know who is putting money into campaigns, and this latest attack on voters and transparent money in politics is just one of many attacks we know are coming in 2012. We need you to get involved to help protect the right to vote!
How you can stand-up!
Help us tell Scott Gessler that Colorado voters want transparency! Join us for the rulemaking hearing on December 15th from 9am to Noon. Email Hillary Jorgensen at firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP and get the location.
Can't join us in person on December 15th, but still want to let Secretary Gessler know what you think? Submit a written comment by clicking here.
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