Former Candidate Challenges Colorado’s Campaign Finance Laws

DENVER (AP) – A former Democrat who ran as an unaffiliated state representative candidate says Colorado’s campaign contribution rules are unfair to candidates who don’t belong to the two major parties.

Attorneys for former Gunnison Rep. Kathleen Curry told the state Supreme Court on Tuesday that it’s unfair that the major party candidates can collect the maximum contributions twice — once for a primary and again for the general election — but unaffiliated candidates can receive the maximum contribution only once because they don’t stand in primaries.

The state argues that voters never indicated they wanted those campaign finance limits on major parties.

According to the Denver Post, the lawsuit was originally filed in federal court but a federal judge said the issue was more appropriate for the Colorado Supreme Court.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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