Figuring Out Amendment 41 Not That Easy
Amendment 41, a bill passed this month by voters and formulated in an effort to prevent lobbyists from influencing elected officials, is making headaches for various politicians, including Bill Ritter.
The Ritter camp isn’t sure about the proper way to raise money for the Governor’s inaugural party, and others vying for a job on Ritter’s cabinet are also not certain on the implications of the new law. From the Rocky Mountain News:
“We don’t believe anything in the measure prohibits from raising private money for the inauguration,” Dreyer added…
Meanwhile, some lawmakers who are seeking Cabinet positions with Ritter are concerned that the new constitutional amendment may cost them jobs in government service.
Amendment 41 prohibits government officials from taking jobs as lobbyists – or from representing a government official or entity for money – for two years after leaving office.
According to the article, Attorney General John Suthers will clarify next week whether Ritter can accept corporate donations for the inauguration party.
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