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Amendment 65: Voters, not money, should drive elections

Six days and 14 hours. According to a recent analysis by the students of CU News Corps, that's how long it would take you to sit down and watch the political ads that have been purchased on Denver's four biggest television stations this year. The price tag? Nearly $20 million.

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Raising the Youth Voice in Grand Junction

Twenty-year-old Benjamin Shipman will vote in his first U.S. presidential election Nov. 6, and he's working to ensure other youth also exercise their right to vote.

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Initiative Targeting Big Campaign Spenders Qualifies for November Ballot

Coloradans have responded to the barrage of campaign spending in Colorado by putting an initiative on the ballot to instruct Colorado’s elected officials to pass a federal constitutional amendment to limit campaign contributions and spending.

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New Report Details Latest Campaign Finance Numbers on Outside Spending

Unlimited outside spending fueled by a small number of wealthy donors is poised to have an outsized impact on the 2012 elections, according to a new report analyzing the latest campaign filings.   

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Million-Dollar Megaphones

Outside spending by organizations that aggregate unlimited contributions from wealthy individuals and institutions is playing a significant role in the 2012 election cycle, and much of it is not disclosed.

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Citizens United Opinion Widens Corporate “Personhood” Rights

Supreme Court decision in Citizen’s United vs. Federal Election Commission will significantly expand the role that the most powerful corporations play in election financing.

News Release | CoPIRG | Democracy

New Study: Modernizing Our Voter Registration System Could Eliminate Millions in Wasteful Spending

A new CoPIRG Foundation study estimated that over $33,467,910.00 of public money from 100 sample counties around the country was spent on simple registration implementation and error-correction issues in 2008.  Colorado counties surveyed included Denver, Mesa and Park.

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Youth vote real force in 2008

Although official youth voting numbers have not been released for Tuesday's caucus, young voters compose a sizable portion of Colorado's electorate. According to 2006 statistics from Colorado's Public Interest Research Group (CoPIRG), there are 303,000 college students and 637,000 eligible voters under 30 in Colorado, forming a youth voting bloc that undoubtedly helped propel Obama to a convincing win over Hillary in Colorado's Super Tuesday caucus.

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