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Clear the Bench ruling limits donations in key weeks before election

In ruling Friday in Denver against Clear the Bench Colorado, the small-government committee seeking to oust three state supreme court justices, Judge Robert Spencer...

Ethics Watch: SOS staffers gave bad advice to Clear the Bench

Clear the Bench, a group campaigning to replace Colorado Supreme Court Justices, took what looks like bad advice from Secretary of State staffers last spring when it decided to file with the state as an issue committee rather than as a political action committee. The distinction may sound esoteric but it's exactly the distinction Colorado citizens voted into place in 2004 with Amendment 27 because they believed it could head off the kind of corruption that can swing legal rulings that affect everyday issues-- the safety of drinking water, for example, the outlines of labor rights, the frequency of tax hikes.
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