Colorado considering big campaign finance changes

Campaign finance changes suggested by Colorado’s divisive Republican elections chief are up for public review.

Secretary of State Scott Gessler has suggested increasing the amount of money an issue committee can raise before it has to report contributions to the state. Gessler also wants to limit some campaign-finance fines and loosen rules for how much money some political groups can accept.

Gessler says he wants to relax some rules to make it easier for people to be active in politics. Critics say the former elections lawyer wants to make it easier for deep-pocketed interests to influence public policy.

The public hearing on Gessler’s proposed rule changes is scheduled for Thursday morning in Denver.