$1.1 Million of Influence
Trial Lawyers’ Money Poured Into Legislative Races as Construction Debate Rages

Millions of dollars have flowed into state legislators’ campaigns in recent years from both sides of the contentious construction defects debate, even as opposing camps managed to reach a key compromise last week on what has proved to be an intractable issue.

Construction defects reform has pitted condominium developers and other business interests against trial lawyers, who benefit from suing developers over defects in their buildings. The groups altogether have spent more than $2 million on state legislative races since 2010.
According to a Denver Post analysis of campaign finance reports filed with the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office, the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association and law firms that specialize in defects cases have given more than $1.1 million to Democratic legislative candidates and political action committees since 2010 while builders, bankers and Realtors have given close to $900,000 to candidates and groups on the GOP side during that time.

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