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SB 203 - Independent expenditures in Colorado elections - Key Vote

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Bob Bacon Co-Sponsored (Introduced) this Legislation.

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Legislation - Signed (Executive) -

Title: Independent expenditures in Colorado elections

Legislation - Concurrence Vote Passed (Senate) (21-13) - (Key vote)

Title: Independent expenditures in Colorado elections

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to repass a bill, after having concurred with House amendments thereto, that place restrictions on donor contributions for electoral candidates.

Highlights:
-Defines an "independent expenditure committee" as one or more person(s) who makes an independent expenditure in support of or against a candidate that is over $1000, or one or more persons who collects $1000 or more from others for the purpose of making an independent expenditure of this kind (Sec. 2). -Prohibits non-domestic and domestic corporations from making any donations, and that a "limited liability company" does not qualify as a foreign or domestic corporation (Sec. 3). -Prohibits foreign corporations from making donations in state elections, which include, but are not limited to, the following provisions (Sec. 4):
    -Authorizes that a person who makes a donation over $1000 must register within two days to the appropriate officer; -Requires that the registrations form includes the contributors full name, a person listed acting as an agent, address and telephone number, as well as the ownership interests of the person who is registering; -Requires that if a person makes more than one $1000 donation per year then on the registration form must include a person's full name, and if he or she is in charge of a corporation, and the corporation's full name, the additional names of businesses the person interacts with, the name and street address of the agent; -Requires that if the donation over $1000 be made 30 days or less before the primary election the required notice must be delivered within 48 hours of the expenditure; -Authorizes that any person who donates more that $1000 per year must register with the secretary of state; -Requires that once a year the secretary of state forward the donator's registration forms to the department of revenue with the possibility of audit for tax purposes.
-Authorizes that any document that is to be filed with the secretary of state's office may be filed electronically or manually in a document format (Sec. 5). -Requires that any person who does not file with the secretary of state must pay a fine of $50 per day, and a person who fails to file 3 consecutive times can be fined up to $500, as well as authorizing the following provisions (Sec. 6):
    -An administrative law judge can request to know the amount of undisclosed donations; and -If a person is fined up to $1000 per day for intentional failure to file then that person must notify any shareholders on a public website and the information must stay up for 108 days.
-Authorizes that media outlets are immune from liability if an independent expenditure committee fails to register and the media outlet voids the advertising contract (Sec. 7). -Requires that no entity of the state make a contribution to a political campaign (Sec. 8). -Appropriates $100,662 to the Department of State for the act to be enforced, and $4,500 for administrative court services (Sec. 9). -Requires that the law applies either after passed or after the election date (Sec 10).
Legislation - Bill Passed With Amendment (House) (45-20) - (Key vote)

Title: Independent Expenditures in Colorado Elections

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that amends the restrictions on donor contributions for electoral candidates.

Highlights:
-Defines an "independent expenditure committee" as one or more person(s) who makes an independent expenditure in support of or against a candidate that is over $1000, or one or more persons who collects $1000 or more from others for the purpose of making an independent expenditure of this kind (Sec. 2). -Prohibits non-domestic and domestic corporations from making any donations, and that a "limited liability company" does not qualify as a foreign or domestic corporation (Sec. 3). -Prohibits foreign corporations from making donations in state elections, which include, but are not limited to, the following provisions (Sec. 4):
    -Authorizes that a person who makes a donation over $1000 must register within two days to the appropriate officer; -Requires that the registrations form includes the contributors full name, a person listed acting as an agent, address and telephone number, as well as the ownership interests of the person who is registering; -Requires that if a person makes more than one $1000 donation per year then on the registration form must include a person's full name, and if he or she is in charge of a corporation, and the corporation's full name, the additional names of businesses the person interacts with, the name and street address of the agent; -Requires that if the donation over $1000 be made 30 days or less before the primary election the required notice must be delivered within 48 hours of the expenditure; -Authorizes that any person who donates more that $1000 per year must register with the secretary of state; -Requires that once a year the secretary of state forward the donator's registration forms to the department of revenue with the possibility of audit for tax purposes.
-Authorizes that any document that is to be filed with the secretary of state's office may be filed electronically or manually in a document format (Sec. 5). -Requires that any person who does not file with the secretary of state must pay a fine of $50 per day, and a person who fails to file 3 consecutive times can be fined up to $500, as well as authorizing the following provisions (Sec. 6):
    -An administrative law judge can request to know the amount of undisclosed donations; and -If a person is fined up to $1000 per day for intentional failure to file then that person must notify any shareholders on a public website and the information must stay up for 108 days.
-Authorizes that media outlets are immune from liability if an independent expenditure committee fails to register and the media outlet voids the advertising contract (Sec. 7). -Requires that no entity of the state make a contribution to a political campaign (Sec. 8). -Appropriates $100,662 to the Department of State for the act to be enforced, and $4,500 for administrative court services (Sec. 9). -Requires that the law applies either after passed or after the election date (Sec 10).
Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (21-14) -
Legislation - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Independent expenditures in Colorado elections

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