Defending Our Democracy

Defending Our Democracy

Benjamin Franklin said “You have a republic, as long as you can keep it.” Today, we face an extraordinary fight to keep our republic alive. Our democracy is under attack from numerous sources, the most sinister of which is dark money. A democracy only works when citizens are educated, and elections are decided by voters who use their voices to elect representatives and make decisions — not when undisclosed special interests groups can influence elections for their own economic gain.

This election serves as a microcosm of what’s happening with dark money nationally. The Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA) has already invested $500,000 against me in this election1, and has threatened to spend up to five million dollars total in order to secure a Republican victory. RAGA’s money comes from generally undisclosed special interest groups and large corporations— including the NRA, pharmaceutical companies, those who deny climate change, and Koch Industries2. These groups do not represent the voices or interests of Colorado, and we should not allow them to influence our elections.  Our government must be “of the people, by the people, and for the people,” not “of the dark money, by the dark money, and for the dark money.”

Voter suppression and unconstitutional gerrymanders also pose a significant threat to democracy. Manipulating our elections and preventing voters–often younger voters or people of color–from accessing the ballot box is unacceptable.

As Attorney General, I will:
  • Fight for a law similar to Montana’s Disclose Act3, which requires that political donors disclose who they are and how much they have contributed. Once Montana passed this law, dark money left the state. I am committed to working with the legislature to do the same in Colorado;
  • Enforce Colorado’s current campaign finance laws. Because it is up to private citizens to bankroll investigations and file civil complaints, it’s rare for cases of dubious campaign finance law — like the 2017 Bob Beauprez case4— to be held accountable. We need to do better;
  • Work with other state Attorneys General and the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the Citizens United ruling, which struck a heavy blow to the democratic process.
  • Challenge unconstitutional gerrymanders, and work to pass and enforce a new law5 that would make it more difficult for lawmakers to redistrict in ways that further disenfranchise vulnerable, voiceless populations; and
  • Work to enact automatic voter registration here in Colorado and oppose measures that would undermine our access to the ballot.
As Attorney General, I will:
  • Fight for a law similar to Montana’s Disclose Act3, which requires that political donors disclose who they are and how much they have contributed. Once Montana passed this law, dark money left the state. I am committed to working with the legislature to do the same in Colorado;
  • Enforce Colorado’s current campaign finance laws. Because it is up to private citizens to bankroll investigations and file civil complaints, it’s rare for cases of dubious campaign finance law — like the 2017 Bob Beauprez case4— to be held accountable. We need to do better;
  • Work with other state Attorneys General and the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the Citizens United ruling, which struck a heavy blow to the democratic process.
  • Challenge unconstitutional gerrymanders, and work to pass and enforce a new law5 that would make it more difficult for lawmakers to redistrict in ways that further disenfranchise vulnerable, voiceless populations; and
  • Work to enact automatic voter registration here in Colorado and oppose measures that would undermine our access to the ballot.