Third Strike for Lawbreaking Lawmaker Dan Thurlow: Guilty Again

The Campaign Integrity Watchdog (CIW) hitting streak of prosecutorial victories stayed hot with yet another victory against self-described “superlawyer” Mario Nicolais and three-time loser Dan Thurlow (HD-55) with a ruling released Tuesday, 16 May entering judgment against the Dan Thurlow/55 candidate committee for eight violations of state campaign finance law.  Thurlow was penalized $500 and ordered to return an illegally received $200 contribution from a lobbyist organization. Nicolais, who has lost every case in which … continue…

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GUILTY! Ryan Call Group ‘Citizens for Reasonable Rational and Responsible Governance’ (CRRRG) Commits Multiple Violations of State Law; Nets New Record for State’s Largest Campaign Finance Penalty

GUILTY!  Ryan Call Group ‘Citizens for Reasonable Rational and Responsible Governance’ (CRRRG) Commits Multiple Violations of State Law; Nets New Record for State’s Largest Campaign Finance Penalty, Ordered to Disclose Finances Coming close on the heels of Campaign Integrity Watchdog’s epic “David vs. Goliath” victory over Bob Beauprez’s ‘Colorado Pioneer Action’ political committee masquerading as a 501(c)4 “social welfare” nonprofit organization, Campaign Integrity Watchdog defeated Ryan Call (and his proxy attorneys) in another case exposing … continue…

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GUILTY! Bob Beauprez Group ‘Colorado Pioneer Action’ Commits Multiple Violations of State Law

GUILTY!  Bob Beauprez Group ‘Colorado Pioneer Action’ Commits Multiple Violations of State Law; Nets Largest Campaign Finance Penalty in State History, Ordered to Disclose Finances Putting an exclamation point on months of pre-trial proceedings and days of hearing evidence and witness testimony, the case against “Both-Ways Bob” Beauprez’ political action committee (by another name) ‘Colorado Pioneer Action’ (CPA) resulted in a Final Agency Decision (FAD) released today finding the organization guilty of multiple violations of … continue…

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Bob Beauprez Group ‘Colorado Pioneer Action’ Goes On Trial This Week (29-30 March); Potential Penalties and Fines Could Exceed ONE MILLION DOLLARS

Bob Beauprez Group ‘Colorado Pioneer Action’ Goes On Trial This Week (29-30 March); Potential Penalties and Fines Could Exceed ONE MILLION DOLLARS After months of pre-trial legal wrangling, the case against “Both-Ways Bob” Beauprez’ political action committee (by another name) ‘Colorado Pioneer Action’ (CPA) is finally going to trial – hearings begin today (Wednesday, 29 March) and are set to continue through tomorrow (Thursday, 30 March) in what promises to be the Colorado campaign finance … continue…

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El Paso County Republicans Admit to Five Violations of Colorado Law, Settle for Reduced Penalties

El Paso County Republicans Admit to Five Violations of Colorado Law, Settle for Reduced Penalties Campaign Integrity Watchdog (CIW) continued a streak of prosecutorial victories with a ruling released Tuesday entering judgment against the El Paso County Republican Central Committee (EPCRCC) for five violations of state campaign finance law. The county party’s new leadership admitted to the violations, committed under former chairman Jeff Hays, and settled with CIW in a joint stipulated judgment, for reduced … continue…

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Back on the Hook? Bob Gardner’s sham “social welfare” organization political committee (ASIWH) ruled still subject to enforcement action for unpaid penalties

Back on the Hook?  Bob Gardner’s sham “social welfare” organization political committee (ASIWH) ruled still subject to enforcement action for unpaid penalties In a Court of Appeals ruling (case 2016CA267) released yesterday (Thursday 23 February 2017), the sham 501(c)4 “social welfare” organization (adjudicated to be a political committee in 2014) ‘Alliance for a Safe and Independent Woodmen Hills’ (ASIWH) was held to be still subject to court action to enforce payment of uncollected penalties owed … continue…

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Beauprez Group ‘Colorado Pioneer Action’ Fails to Dismiss Campaign Finance Case

    Beauprez Group ‘Colorado Pioneer Action’ Fails to Dismiss Campaign Finance Complaints Alleging Multiple Violations of State Law; Potential Penalties and Fines Could Exceed ONE MILLION DOLLARS After months of pre-trial legal wrangling, the case against “Both-Ways Bob” Beauprez’ political action committee (by another name) ‘Colorado Pioneer Action’ (CPA) will go to trial – producing yet another win for Colorado’s premier campaign-accountability organization, Campaign Integrity Watchdog. In a ruling released Monday, efforts by Bob’s … continue…

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Former State Rep. Tim Dore fined $2,000 for violating Colorado campaign disclosure laws

Campaign Integrity Watchdog (CIW) continued a streak of prosecutorial victories with a just-released ruling entering judgment against the Committee to Elect Tim Dore (CETD) for multiple violations of state campaign finance disclosure laws, and imposing a $2,000 penalty. Former state representative Tim Dore (HD64), represented by ousted former Colorado Republican Party Chairman Ryan Call (entering his appearance the day before trial), was found guilty of failing to disclose the money spent by or on behalf … continue…

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Not a Model of Clarity – CIW defeats “top” election lawyer on appeal

The Colorado Court of Appeals last week roundly rejected an appeal of a campaign finance ruling won by Campaign Integrity Watchdog against Western Slope legislator Dan Thurlow last year – calling Thurlow’s appeal, filed by “top election lawyer” Mario Nicolais, “not a model of clarity” in affirming the trial court judgment and denying the appeal (case 15CA1110). The Thurlow committee appeal attempted to impose a mandate for the Secretary of State to prescreen reports for … continue…

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Colorado District Attorney fined $1,000 for breaking state disclosure law

As the chief prosecutor and enforcer of the law in Colorado’s twenty-two judicial districts, the District Attorney should be held to the highest standard in complying with the laws of our state. However, the District Attorney for Colorado’s 13th Judicial District, Brittny Lewton, was recently found guilty of violating state campaign finance disclosure laws and fined $1,000 for failing to follow the rules. The presiding Administrative Law Judge chastened the District Attorney in his ruling: … continue…

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