By Sara Burnett of the Denver Post:
The Center for Competitive Politics has filed a federal lawsuit against Secretary of State Scott Gessler, saying Colorado’s campaign finance laws are overly burdensome and violate the First Amendment rights of small educational groups that want to weigh in on a ballot question.
It’s not the first lawsuit filed against Gessler over campaign finance rules. But unlike those cases, Gessler may find himself siding with the plaintiffs – at least philosophically – on parts of this one.
“I’m sympathetic to these small groups wanting to engage in their elections and it only further illustrates how screwed up our campaign finance laws are,” Gessler said in an emailed statement today.