New school board campaign finance law is having unintended impacts on big-ticket 2018 races

The Denver Post: A new campaign finance law for Colorado school board races is set to cause headaches for candidates in the state’s big-ticket elections in 2018 — from governor to attorney general beyond — by requiring them to effectively file daily donation reports more than eight months before their primary contests.

State lawmakers last year passed legislation meant to make public last-minute contributions flowing into the state’s off-year school board races by requiring candidates to disclose contributions of $1,000 or more within 24 hours starting a month from the election.

But, according to the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office, House Bill 1282 accidentally applied the requirements to statewide races.

That means the 2018 candidates for the state’s highest offices — including more than a dozen people who have filed to run for governor — must report donations of more than $1,000 from now until the Nov. 7 school board elections.

“That definitely was not the intent,” said state Rep. Brittany Pettersen, D-Lakewood, a prime sponsor of the legislation. “It may be another drafting error that we are dealing with here.”

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