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Campaigns rack up nearly $20 million in TV ads in Denver market

By CU NEWS CORPS
For the I-News Network
Coloradans troubled by a sense that political advertising on TV truly is unremitting this late summer, the broadcast equivalent of a jackhammer breaking up an old sidewalk, may take some comfort in knowing their concerns have merit. In fact, there’s almost $20 million worth of merit to those concerns. That’s the total spent by 21 groups on an astonishing 18,956 political ads. And that’s only for political spots at the four largest Denver stations, KCNC, KDVR, KMGH and KUSA. Station
Expenditures by station
Number of spots

KCNC
$4,801,755
3,657

KDVR
$3,169,755
5,837

KMGH
$4,895,455
4,603

KUSA
$7,038,555
4,859

To put it another way, if you sat down at noon Sunday and watched each airing back-to-back, you wouldn’t emerge until six days and 14 hours later, missing everything but Monday Night Football on Sept. Continue Reading →

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Amendment 65: Limit election campaign contributions and spending

By CHARLES TROWBRIDGE
CU News Corps for I-News Network

Colorado Amendment 65 is a nonbinding referendum that encourages the state’s U.S. representatives and senators to support a U.S. constitutional amendment limiting campaign contributions and spending. Some 182,113 state residents signed the petitions that take direct aim at the U.S. Supreme Court’s controversial “Citizens United” decision, which essentially held that the First Amendment allows corporations and unions to spend freely on elections. Of that number, according to the Secretary of State’s website, 87,170 of the signatures were accepted, and 94,943 were rejected. Still, the measure made it over the required threshold of 86,101 with room to spare and will appear on the November ballot. The effort is being spearheaded by Colorado Common Cause and two state-registered issue committees, Coloradans Get Big Money Out of Politics and by the Fair Share Committee to Get Big Money Out of Politics. Continue Reading →

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