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Campaign finance primer: What do “soft,” “hard” and “dark money” actually...

Dark money. Soft money. Hard money. When it comes to campaign cash, it's complicated. So, as the 2018 election cycle heats up, here’s some clarification...

Colorado campaign finance loophole allows dark money flyers

Voters in two key state Senate districts recently received flyers praising GOP Sens. Beth Martinez Humenik and Tim Neville for their work in the state...

Cash dropped so far in Colorado’s governor race blows away 2010...

With one week to go until the primary, spending in Colorado’s 2018 governor’s race has shattered records – even for spending in general elections...

Tancredo will be Tancredo

The Colorado GOP’s nightmare is coming true. Tom Tancredo, unfazed by the candidates running against him, is speeding toward victory in the primary race for governor.  

Stapleton business deal would raise new round of questions for Colorado...

Weeks after Colorado Treasurer Walker Stapleton took office this past January he drew a flurry of questions about a lucrative consulting contract he made with SonomaWest Holdings, the Northern California real-estate firm he headed for years as CEO. Stapleton arranged to work for up to 250 hours per year with Sonoma for $150,000 while acting as Colorado's treasurer. Colorado AOL reporter Sandra Fish discovered the arrangement by looking at paperwork SonomaWest had to file as a public company, and government watchdogs took comfort from the fact that those public records filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission or SEC would continue to provide some level of transparency. Now Stapleton's family finance business, Denver-based Stapleton Acquisitions Company, is proposing to buy out shareholders of SonomaWest (pdf) and take the company private. That would mean no more filing with the SEC. It would mean no more public records from which to monitor Stapleton's moonlighting as a consultant.