Judge blocks Colorado campaign restrictions
DENVER, Colorado – A Colorado judge has temporarily blocked a new state constitutional amendment that bans some government contractors and all unions from making political contributions.
District Court Judge Catherine Lemon issued an injunction Tuesday on Amendment 54. The amendment was narrowly approved by Colorado voters last fall, but it was challenged by several groups, including unions and the University of Denver.
Lemon ordered the injunction after testimony from a local politician that he has trouble figuring out whether campaign contributions are allowed under the new amendment.
The amendment states that anyone tied to businesses or groups that hold at least $100,000 in no-bid government contracts can’t make political donations.
The Eagle Valley Land Trust and Eagle River Watershed Council program adds 1% to purchases to fund preservation and conservation.