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Aug 11, 2012 7:36 AM by Summer Yu

Judge tosses some CO campaign finance rules

DENVER (AP) - A Denver judge has invalidated some campaign finance rules changed by Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler.

The judge says Gessler went beyond his powers in approving the rules, including one that limited penalties for some campaign finance violations and another that said groups only had to file campaign finance reports if at least 30 percent of their spending was for or against a ballot issue.

Colorado Ethics Watch, Colorado Common Cause and state Senate candidate David Paladino had sued to block the rules, saying voters should know who contributes to campaigns and how much.

Gessler said Friday that the judge's ruling is problematic and exposes small groups to heavy fines and lawsuits. He says the rule changes were needed to reflect recent federal court rulings.

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