Rocky Mountain Ethics: Unlike Limitless Missouri Colorado Regulates Gifts from Lobbyists

Part 13 of our 36-part series “35 States (and One Congress) More Ethical Than Missouri” looks at Colorado.

Colorado law reads:

“No…member of the general assembly, either directly or indirectly as the beneficiary of a gift or thing of value given to such person’s spouse or dependent child, shall solicit, accept or receive any gift or other thing of value having either a fair market value or aggregate actual cost greater than $50 in any calendar year, including but not limited to, gifts, loans, rewards, promises or negotiations of future employment, favors or services, honoraria, travel, entertainment, or special discounts.”

Colorado joins 22 other states with some designated limit to the value of gifts that can be exchanged from lobbyist to legislator.  With a aggregate limit of $50, Colorado has one of the lowest limits in the country and is one of 13 states that place their limit on a yearly aggregate total.

Colorado law clearly appreciates the potential for abuse when lobbyists are allowed to shower lawmakers with gifts – gifts clearly intended to win political favor.

Colorado gets it.  When will Missouri?

Support the Missouri Gift-Ban Pledge and legislation that regulated lobbyist gift-giving.