Morse: Complying with Campaign Laws “Really Does Take a Lawyer”

On December 15, 2011, Colorado State Senator John Morse spoke about the state’s campaign finance laws at a Secretary of State hearing.

He said, “What we were selling there, if you will, was that people will comply with the law, and there won’t be many fines. I think what your experience is showing is that… turns out that complying with all this is complicated, and really does take a lawyer. But that’s the price of the transparency, to be able to have these kinds of reporting things.”

But Senator, if you have to hire a lawyer or risk hefty fines or lawsuits in order to spend resources speaking out for or against any ballot measure or candidate, that’s not free speech.

The proper term for it is censorship.

See also:
Comments Regarding the Secretary of State’s Dec. 15 Campaign Finance Rule Hearing

Reviewing CO’s Campaign Laws

Letter About Speech-Chilling Campaign Laws

1 thought on “Morse: Complying with Campaign Laws “Really Does Take a Lawyer””

  1. Comment by Anonymous December 18, 2011 10:16 AM

    Ari,
    This is significant. The politicians DON’T want the plebes to participate. The easiest way to do that is to raise barriers to entry under the guise of “transparency.”

    Perhaps you could point out that this is the equivalent of literacy tests or poll taxes in the Old South. Maybe you could characterize this as “The New Jim Crow?”

    They don’t want our participation. They do want to force acquiescence.

    c. andrew

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