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CO Editorial: State Laws Make Polis Spending ‘Insanely Unfair’

The latest Colorado Springs Gazette editorial addresses the discrepancy in Colorado gubernatorial election spending between Democrat Jared Polis and Republican Ken Stapleton.

By NTK Staff | 08.29.2018 @1:00pm
CO Editorial: State Laws Make Polis Spending ‘Insanely Unfair’

Rep. Jared “Polis [D-CO] can generate tens of millions of dollars for his campaign [for governor] in the time it takes to write a check. … State regulations, not Polis, make this campaign insanely unfair.”

That’s the gist of the Colorado Springs Gazette editorial board’s latest write-up, addressing the discrepancy in Colorado gubernatorial spending between Polis, the Democrat, and Republican Ken Stapleton.

The Springs Gazette editorial notes that Polis will spend millions of dollars on the governor’s race, while Stapleton, who comparatively is not wealthy, can only raise money from donors in $1,150 increments.

The Boulder businessman has spent at least $13 million of his own money on this year’s governor’s race, and the games don’t really begin until a day after Labor Day.

…Unlike Polis, Stapleton is not among the wealthiest fraction of Americans. He cannot spend millions in personal funds trying to get elected. He has to raise money from supporters, the old-fashioned way.

That would be fine, if not for a regulation Polis doesn’t worry about. Colorado’s campaign finance law allows a person to donate only $575 to a gubernatorial candidate in the primary and general election, for a total of $1,150. While self-funders shake hands and kiss babies, their opponents get mired in sluggish, low-yield fundraising efforts that cannot possibly keep up.

Republicans in the state have accused Polis of trying to buy the gubernatorial election with his massive wealth.

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