Judge nixes Colorado ban on political contributions
DENVER, Colorado – A Denver judge has overturned most of a voter-approved on ban on some political contributions.
Denver District Judge Catherine Lemon issued a ruling Friday throwing out Amendment 54, which bars anyone tied to businesses that hold at least $100,000 in no-bid government contracts from contributing to political candidates.
It also barred all unions that negotiate for government workers from making campaign contributions and required the state publish a list of all companies that were awarded contracts without going through a bidding process.
Lemon kept intact a section that requires disclosure of no-bid government contracts.
The amendment was approved by 51 percent of the voters last November.
Spokesman Mike Saccone says Attorney General John Suthers hasn’t decided whether to appeal the ruling.