Judge Refuses To Block Hearing On TABOR Campaign Donors

Denver (AP) Opponents of a measure to loosen Colorado's tax
limits lost a preliminary round Wednesday in a court battle over whether they must identify some of their donors. A state district judge refused a request to block a hearing that could force the Independence Institute to identify donors who pay for radio ads lampooning two ballot measures.

The hearing before an administrative law judge is now underway. The Independence Institute's head, Jon Caldara, is testifying. The institute sought to block the hearing, arguing an adverse ruling could cause irreparable harm.

The judge disagreed, saying the conservative think tank could appeal any decision ordering it to identify its donors.

Supporters of Referenda C and D want to force the institute to identify the donors. The institute says it's not required to because the radio ads are educational.

Referendum C would allow the state to keep $3.7 billion in tax revenue over five years that otherwise would be refunded under the Taxpayers' Bill of Rights. Referendum D would allow some of that money to be spent on transportation and building projects.

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