Had enough of the nasty campaign ads, robo-calls and direct-mail flyers from mysterious political organizations making bogus claims about candidates and issues?
Amendment 65 on the statewide ballot gives voters a chance to take a symbolic stand against excessive campaign spending and, in particular, contributions to and spending by secretive organizations that have no public accountability.
Amendment 65 won't overturn the Supreme Court's misguided Citizens United decision, and doesn't even try to do so. But it will put Colorado on record as opposing such flimflam in what should be respectable, above-board political campaigns.
We urge a yes vote on Amendment 65.
In doing so, we recognize the contradiction with our argument opposing Amendment 64. However, Amendment 65 makes only a three-word change in an existing constitutional amendment regarding campaign finance policy, from "encouraging voluntary campaign spending limits" to "establishing campaign spending limits."
The rest of the heavy lifting is done through a new state statute.
This language calls on the state's congressional delegation, its members of congress and senators, to propose an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to limit campaign contributions and spending. It also calls on the state Legislature to ratify such an amendment if it were to be presented.
It's an admittedly interim goal, but it's also a statement that gives our delegation the opportunity to start to make a difference.
We are sick and tired of campaign garbage, hyperbole and lies. Amendment 65 is a start to making it stop.