by Chet Hardin
Local state Rep. Pete Lee has not been having good luck with committees recently.
Earlier this month, his economic gardening bill died thanks to a party-line vote in a state House committee.
Then Wednesday, his bill to establish a state-managed campaign contribution fund for legislative candidates died a quick death in the State, Military & Veterans Affairs committee.
The bill would have created "a system of public financing of political campaigns for candidates running for a seat in the general assembly. The system is to be administered and enforced by the Colorado citizen-funded campaigns commission (commission). Moneys for campaigns are to be paid from the newly created Colorado citizen-funded campaigns fund (fund) to qualifying candidates who satisfy certain requirements."
According to a press statement from the Democrat:
I hear from Coloradans all the time about how concerned they are about big money and special interests in politics. This bill is a creative approach and one way to start the conversation in addressing these concerns. I look forward to continuing this important conversation in the future.