February 29, 2016

Colorado lobbying law offers murky picture of influence on politics

Ethics Headlines, In the News, Lobbying, Local, Policy, Transparency

Joey Bunch (Denver Post)- 

Colorado's system for telling the public who is spending money to shape state policy amounts to a complicated honor system the average concerned citizen would struggle to untangle. The nonpartisan Center for Public Integrity last year deemed Colorado "largely sleaze-free" but dinged the state for its lack of transparency on lobbyists.

Attempts to strengthen disclosure at the legislature haven't been effective, and state officials say there isn't enough money to make improvements.