A Denver judge has put on hold the donation ban contained in Colorado Amendment 54, passed by 51% of voters in November, which would have prohibit certain government contractors and all public sector unions with a contract from making campaign contributions.
I am one of who argue that it is unconstitutional (see also November 6, 2009, November 13, 2008 and February 19, 2009). I also opposed I when it was being considered by the voters. See, e.g. October 1, 2008, and October 2, 2008.
The problem is not so much the notion of prohibiting "pay to play," as it is the vast overreach of the prohibition beyond this narrow situation so that political speech is barred without a clear nexus to the alleged influence on government contracts that results.