The Clean Government Colorado Group is pushing a new initiative forthe state; Initiative 59 will make public any independent contracts not bid on in that state. The group contends the non-bid contracts can lead to big payoffs for the politicians who OK'd them, a potentially big conflict of interest.
The new legislation will make public all non-bid contracts and forbid any companies with at least $100,000 in those contracts to make any sort of political contribution. A group against the legislation, Protect Colorado's Future says on their website:
"Initiative 59 would handcuff working Coloradans and increase the power of the few over the many by taking away the rights of people, like teachers, firefighters and nurses, to participate in the political process. ..." (www.protectcoloradosfuture.org)