On May 21 the City Council unanimously approved an ordinance on second reading, which repeals Greeley’s campaign finance limits. Instead, city candidates will now be subject to the State’s regulations. The State had recently decided it would not process campaign finance complaints, so the City was forced to either set up its own procedures for hearing complaints or drop the campaign finance limits it had in place. The City Council noted that only one complaint had been filed in the past and felt that adopting the State’s regulations would suffice.
Because the State does not limit campaign donations in local elections, the limits previously set by Greeley law are repealed. Candidates are still required to file and list donations, which cannot be anonymous. In particular, large donations of $1,000 or more must be reported within 24 hours of receipt. More information on Colorado’s campaign finance regulations is available here: http://www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/elections/CampaignFinance/files/CPFManual.pdf
Note: Other local jurisdictions, such as Longmont, Loveland and Fort Collins have opted to keep campaign finance limits in place and have procedures in place to process complaints.