High court agrees to review state’s campaign finance laws at secretary of state’s request

The Colorado Supreme Court on Thursday accepted Secretary of State Bernie Buescher’s request to review the state’s campaign finance laws in light of a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that threw out federal laws centering on corporate and union campaign advertising.

Buescher asked the state’s high court to review Colorado’s finance laws because they closely mirror federal statutes barring certain campaign spending by corporations that the U.S. Supreme Court said violated free-speech rights.

The former Grand Junction legislator said he wanted the state court to help lawmakers determine what, if any, effect that ruling has on Colorado’s laws and what impact that might have on the 2010 election.


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