If successful, Colorado could force No Labels to disclose donors
WASHINGTON, DC – Government watchdog Accountable.US’s Colorado complaint alleging that No Labels’ Colorado Party violated campaign finance laws is moving forward, with the Colorado Secretary of State’s office this weekend denying No Labels’ motion to dismiss. If successful, the complaint could force No Labels to disclose its donors.
No Labels is nothing more than a desperate grift. The group uses shady and potentially illegal tactics to undermine democracy and pad the pockets of its key figures in the process. No Labels must be investigated — and ultimately, held accountable."
Accountable.US president Caroline Ciccone
The Accountable.US complaint alleges that No Labels, an officially recognized minor political party in the state of Colorado, has not filed a single campaign finance disclosure. As the complaint notes, “No Labels Colorado Party’s refusal to disclose donors is both a blatant violation of the law and demonstrates a disregard for the important transparency and anti-corruption aims of the state’s campaign finance disclosure requirements.”
The complaint adds: “Allowing No Labels Colorado Party to hide behind their associated national party would create a dangerous gap in Colorado’s campaign finance law, and allow national groups to funnel dark money into Colorado’s elections via state-level organizations.”
No Labels has so far refused to disclose its donors — but what is known reveals that No Labels has sought funding from a who’s who of extreme conservatives including Peter Thiel, the late David Koch, and Supreme Court billionaire benefactor Harlan Crow. No Labels has garnered backlash from both sides for its lack of transparency, its self-serving behavior, and its work to undermine American democracy.