Aurora Sentinel: Mayor Mike Coffman moved recently to the top of the list of What Was He Thinking when he filed a lawsuit last week against the city to get around a local campaign transparency law he doesn’t like.
To understand what a difficult place Coffman has put himself and the city in, you have to understand what he actually did.
For years, Aurora, and similar large cities, have struggled to scrutinize campaign finance and election laws. State and federal governments have fought their way through endless battles that have more times than not left the public interest behind.
At stake is the need for the public to know whose money is influencing votes and candidates, and how much.
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