Colorado Supreme Court clarifies state campaign finance law
DENVER, Colorado: This week the Colorado Supreme Court ruled that a 2002 amendment is no longer constitutional under a 2010 campaign finance ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court. The 2002 ballot measure, also known as Amendment 27, banned direct corporate or union expenditures in Colorado. The federal ruling - Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission - declared that corporate funding of independent political broadcasts in candidate elections cannot be limited, because doing so would be in noncompliance with the First Amendment. The review of the state's campaign finance laws came at the request of Gov. Bill Ritter. Hours following the federal ruling Colorado's Republican Party filed a challenge of the state's campaign finance law.
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