By Diana Hsieh
The December 15th hearing on campaign finance reform attracted a fair bit of news coverage.
(1) An AP story by Kristen Wyatt was published in the Pueblo Chieftain and the Aspen Times so far. I'm quoted in it:
"They will be helpful for people like me, who are part-time activists, so they don't lose their shirts in a campaign-finance lawsuit," said Diana Hsieh, who campaigned last year against an unsuccessful ballot measure that would have banned abortion.I'd hoped to see the article appear in more venues -- not just because I'm quoted -- but because the article was a good and fair account of the debate over the proposed rule changes. But alas, that seems unlikely to happen now.
(2) In an article in the Durango Herald, Ari Armstrong was quoted (although wrongly identified), followed by that horrid quote from Senator Morse:
"I think it's a travesty and a mockery of the First Amendment that Colorado citizens are being dragged into court for daring to engage in the political process," said Ari Armstrong, a libertarian activist from Grand Junction.(3) The article in the Denver Post focused on the very confusing debate about the filing deadlines.
But state Sen. John Morse, D-Colorado Springs, said people who want to run campaigns that persuade others how to vote need to follow the rules of transparency. "Turns out that complying with these things is complicated and does take a lawyer, but that's the price of transparency," Morse said.
(4) Also, since I don't think that I blogged about it before, but in early December, Vince Carroll penned an excellent op-ed in support of Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler. It's worth a read.
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