This past Saturday I attended the meeting of the Denver Democratic Party Central Committee. During that meeting, the Party overwhelming voted to endorse the Democracy for the People initiative on this November’s ballot. This initiative will bring significant campaign finance reform to Denver’s municipal elections. Some of the things this initiative will do include:

• Require full disclosure of outside spending groups and Super PACS who have previously been able to    funnel “dark money” into Denver campaigns;
• Ban corporations from contributing directly to Denver municipal campaigns, as they are banned in
  Colorado state elections and in Congressional elections;
• Lower Denver’s high campaign contribution limits to be in keeping with Colorado’s more reasonable
  statewide contribution limits;
• Initiate publicly funded elections by providing matching funds for small-dollar donations of $50
  and under to candidates who voluntarily reject special interest money, empowering voters across
  the socioeconomic spectrum.

I am, obviously, very supportive of ANYTHING that gets big-money interests out of our political system so I applaud the Denver Dems for being leaders on this issue. However, this is not enough and I still believe the real issue in our elections continues to be the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United v Federal Election Commission, which effectively ruled that corporations were “people” and had the same rights to give money in elections. This is why I am the first, and the only candidate in Colorado to sign the Candidates with a Contract pledge to get the influence of money out of our political system. Among the things this contract does is formalize my commitment to:

• Work to overturn Citizens United
• Initiate a matching program for certain types of small-dollar donors – giving normal citizens a shot a      competing with big-money interests in having a say in our democracy
• Offering a political tax credit for political contributions
• Instituting broad limits on the amounts of contributions that can be made in campaigns; the                    expenditures that can be made in campaigns, and; the amounts wealthy candidates can give to their
  campaigns
• Forcing retiring Members of Congress to wait seven (7) years before they can work as lobbyists
• Forcing an end to partisan gerrymandering efforts
• Ensuring that your representatives in Congress work at least forty (40) hours a week on the people’s      business
• Tying congressional salaries to the National Income Median

I believe these are all good first steps in ultimately eliminating the power and influence of big money and corporations in our political process. A path to giving our country back to the people!

David Sedbrook