Is a Colorado District Attorney Breaking the 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, may have run afoul of the law as she seeks re-election to a second term. Campaign Integrity Watchdog was tipped off to DA Lewton’s apparent noncompliance with the transparency, disclosure and reporting … continue…

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More “reckless indifference” to reporting obligations nets another $4,700 fine for Colorado Republicans

The Colorado Republican Party, back in court yet again last month after delaying a hearing originally scheduled for late May, incurred a penalty of $4,700 for multiple violations of state campaign finance law in what seems to be a recurring pattern of failure to comply with legal reporting obligations.  The Party was also ordered to return an improperly reported contribution of $3,050 (the maximum allowable) for a total “hit” to the party’s checkbook of $7,750 … continue…

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Beauprez Group ‘Colorado Pioneer Action’ Charged with Multiple Violations of State Law; Potential Fines and Penalties Could Exceed ONE MILLION DOLLARS

As announced on the Peter Boyles Show (AM710, KNUS) this morning, the state’s premier campaign-accountability organization, Campaign Integrity Watchdog, has filed a campaign finance complete alleging multiple violations of the Colorado Constitution and state law (collective, the ‘Fair Campaign Practices Act’ or FCPA) by Bob Beauprez’s unregistered political committee ‘Colorado Pioneer Action’ (inclusive subsidiary/alias ‘Colorado Right Now’). CIW’s Complaint alleges that Colorado Pioneer Action’s failure to register the entity with the Secretary of State as … continue…

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‘Jeffco United for Action’ Committee Found Guilty, Fined for Multiple Campaign Finance Violations

The ‘Jeffco United for Action’ committee, which successfully ousted 3 recently-elected (2014) school board members in a campaign marked by unprecedented levels of “dark” money in a school board election, was found guilty and fined for multiple violations of Colorado’s ‘Fair Campaign Practices Act’ in a ruling released Wednesday afternoon. This week’s ruling (Case # OS 2016-0006) found the ‘Jeffco United for Action’ (JUA) committee guilty of seven violations of state campaign finance law, but … continue…

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Gardner Committee Admits Half-Dozen Violations of Colorado Campaign Finance Law

Gardner Committee Admits Half-Dozen Violations of Colorado Campaign Finance Law Campaign Integrity Watchdog (CIW) continued a streak of prosecutorial victories with a ruling released today entering judgment against the Committee to Elect Bob Gardner (CEBG) for a half-dozen violations of state campaign finance law. Former state representative (and current state senate candidate) Bob Gardner admitted to the violations and settled with CIW in a joint stipulated judgment, avoiding the uncertainty and expense of trial, for … continue…

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Colorado Republican Party fined $10,000 for “reckless indifference” to legal reporting obligations

Colorado Republican Party fined $10,000 for “reckless indifference” to legal reporting obligations The Colorado Republican Party, back in court last week after delaying a hearing originally scheduled for mid-November, incurred a penalty of $10,000 for multiple violations of state campaign finance law and displaying “reckless indifference” to legal reporting obligations.  The Party was also ordered to return five improperly reported contributions of $2,825 each (the maximum allowable) for a total “hit” to the party’s checkbook … continue…

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Serial Scofflaws Robert Gardner and Sarah Jack headed back to Court

Serial Scofflaws Robert Gardner and Sarah Jack headed back to Court Former Rep. Bob Gardner, current state senate candidate and campaign finance case loser, faces separate charges for defying court orders to pay penalties and for new violations of state law. Just over a year ago, then-State Representative Bob Gardner lost a major campaign finance case brought by Campaign Integrity Watchdog against a sham “social welfare organization” formed by Gardner and his very close associate, … continue…

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Campaign Integrity Watchdog defeats “super-lawyer” in prosecuting lawbreaking lawmaker Dan Thurlow

Campaign Integrity Watchdog once again defeats frivolous and groundless arguments by self-described “super-lawyer” Mario Nicolais (who’s now 0 for 5 going up against CIW) in winning judgment against lawbreaking lawmaker Rep. Dan Thurlow (“R” HD-55, Grand Junction).  Thurlow’s candidate committee (Dan Thurlow / 55) was found guilty of six (6) counts of violating Colorado’s Fair Campaign Practices Act (FCPA) and also ordered to return four (4) illegally-received contributions. Nicolais, after repeatedly interposing delays in the proceedings … continue…

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Ryan Call’s “Brainchild” CORE IEC Enters Guilty Plea on 12 More Counts of Campaign Finance Violations

A second round of campaign finance allegations against COGOP Chairman Ryan Call’s “Brainchild” project (the Colorado Republican Party ‘Independent Expenditure Committee’ or “CORE IEC”) resulted in another “guilty plea” in a Colorado campaign finance case brought by Campaign Integrity Watchdog. The CORE IEC’s highly-touted (and very expensive) legal team, acknowledging the strength of Campaign Integrity Watchdog‘s case, stipulated to 12 counts of violations, in return for significantly reduced penalties (a fraction of the tens of thousands applying under statute). … continue…

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Mike McLachlan, (now-former) state representative, fined thousands for campaign finance violations

Mike McLachlan, (now-former) state representative, fined thousands for campaign finance violations Mike McLachlan, who until his defeat at the polls last November was the “last man standing” of those targeted for removal for foisting unconstitutional and unenforceable “gun legislation” on Colorado, may “recall” this latest court-ordered slapdown for quite some time. In a court ruling released this week, McLachlan was found guilty on 4 counts of violating state campaign finance laws (Colorado’s ‘Fair Campaign Practices … continue…

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