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Colorado Union of Taxpayers, Inc. v. Jena Griswold, Colorado Secretary of State and Judd Choate, Director of Elections, Colorado Department of State

Colorado Union of Taxpayers, Inc. v. Jena Griswold, et al. is a suit that challenges a campaign finance disclosure law in the state of Colorado.

Last Updated: August 19, 2021
Published: August 13, 2021

Case Back­ground

The Bren­nan Center for Justice, work­ing with pro bono coun­sel at Reed Smith LLP, filed an amicus brief in the United States District Court for the District of Color­ado to defend the consti­tu­tion­al­ity of Color­ado campaign disclos­ure require­ments for ballot commit­tees. Plaintiff-Appel­lant Color­ado Union of Taxpay­ers sued Color­ado Secret­ary of State Jena Gris­wold and Director of Elec­tions Judd Choate in their offi­cial capa­cit­ies, contend­ing that the law’s donor disclos­ure require­ments for advocacy support­ing or oppos­ing state ballot propos­i­tions chills free speech.  

The Bren­nan Center’s brief high­lights ways in which campaign trans­par­ency advances the core goals of the First Amend­ment. It also discusses the large body of social science research and judi­cial find­ings support­ing the value of elect­oral trans­par­ency meas­ures like Color­ado’s law.

To read the Bren­nan Center’s briefs in this case, as well as other mater­i­als, see below.

District Court:

Amicus Brief of the Bren­nan Center et al. in Support of Defend­ants (August 13, 2021)

Defend­ant’s Motion for Summary Judge­ment (July 23, 2021)

Plaintiff’s Motion for Summary Judge­ment (July 23, 2021)

Plaintiff’s Second Amended Complaint (May 24, 2021)