In order to protect our democracy, we must fight for a publicly financed, transparent system of campaign financing that amplifies small donations. We must also ensure that all Americans are guaranteed an effective right to vote. Wealthy donors like the Koch Brothers and Sheldon Adeleson have found a way to take our government hostage using Citizen’s United as their vehicle. Members from BOTH parties are dragging their feet to overturn Citizen’s United and it is time we ask why? Our current federal political leaders spend over half their time in office fundraising instead of providing the leadership that the people of Colorado deserve. As long as there is private money in politics, ideas will take backseat to the need for reelection and the will of campaign donors. That is why it is time to mandate publicly funded campaigns for every elected official within the state of Colorado. Real change will only come when the people of Colorado take sole control of the campaign funding process. If every candidate is given an equal opportunity to communicate their ideas through the election process, then we will regain elections of ideas, and eliminate partisan gridlock designed and executed by the top 1%.