Colorado Supreme Court strikes down limits on political committee contributions

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The Judicial Update

February 24, 2012

Colorado: The Colorado Supreme Court has ruled that tax-exempt political organizations, known as 527 groups, can raise as much money for campaign ads as they want, provided they do not specifically call on viewers to vote for a specific candidate or issue. The ruling struck down a state law limiting political committees to receiving $550 per person and mirrors an earlier U.S. Supreme Court decision. The federal ruling created a threshold of so-called "magic words" such as “vote for, ” “reject,” “elect,” or “defeat”, which are prohibited from the ads because of how they could sway voters.

The Colorado Ethics Watch had supported the contribution limits and were disappointed by the ruling. On the other side, Republican-affiliated groups the Senate Majority Fund and the Colorado Leadership Fund, called it a victory for free speech.[1]

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