CACI Executive Vice President
and Chief Operating Officer
Friday, June 1, 2012
On Thursday of last week, May 24th, the CACI Board of Directors approved a slate of 26 incumbent legislators who are seeking re-election or, in the case of two representatives, election to the Senate, for an endorsement by CACI and, in most cases, a contribution of $400.
Under Colorado’s campaign finance laws, $400 is the maximum contribution that a political committee—in this case, CACI’s Colorado Business Political Action Committee—can give to a legislative candidate over the 2011-2012 election cycle.
Toward the end of the legislative session, the CACI lobbying team began assessing the voting record of incumbent legislators, who are seeking re-election or election to the Senate, for the 2011 and 2012 sessions through the prism of CAC’s lobbying agendas.
The slate recommended by the CACI lobbying team on May 21st went before the CACI Executive Committee, which agreed to recommend the slate to the full Board for approval.
Last year’s contentious legislative reapportionment process resulted in redrawn maps of House and Senate districts. Here is the CACI-endorsed slate of incumbent legislative candidates:
House of Representatives
For more about the politics of the legislative races, read:
“Colorado facing a mass exodus of lawmakers,” by Lynn Bartels, The Denver Post, May 7th.
CACI also will be working hard in the coming weeks and months to create a pro-business legislature in 2013 and 2014 with the endorsement and financial support of new, pro-business legislative candidates who will listen to employers’ concerns.
Colorado’s primary election will be held this year on June 26th. Last year, the legislature approved a bill moving the primary election from the first Tuesday of August to the last Tuesday of June. Because of the change in the date of the primary election, CACI will hold new-candidate interviews on July 17-18 and July 24-25 at the CACI Office. Prior to the interviews, candidates will be asked to complete a CACI questionnaire.
CACI members can participate in the new candidate interviews by contributing $550 to CACI’s Colorado Business Political Action Committee (CB-PAC).
Individuals and companies can contribute up to $550 during the two-year, 2011-2012 election cycle to CB-PAC. CACI members who wish to contribute to CB-PAC should contact Tricia Smith, CACI Vice President of Events and Political Fundraising at 303.866.9629.
Members who contribute to CB-PAC will receive each candidate’s completed CACI questionnaire and an exhaustive summary of the candidate’s background, campaign contributions, campaign status, legislative district demographics and voter performance.
Each day, the interviews will run from 9 a.m. until 12 Noon with a lunch break until 1:00 p.m. when the interviews will resume, ending by 5 p.m. Each candidate will be granted a half-hour interview. At the end of each interview, there will be time for discussion by CACI members who participate in the interview process.
In 2010, CACI batted .840 based on its endorsement-and-interview process of incumbents and new candidates. Of the 36 CACI-endorsed incumbents, 35 won and one lost. Of the 21 CACI-endorsed new candidates, 12 won and nine lost. In other words, 84 percent of incumbents and candidates endorsed by CACI won.
For information about CACI’s new candidate interview process or about the CACI-endorsed incumbents, contact Loren Furman, Senior Vice President, State and Federal Relations, at 330.866.8642.
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