‘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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Ryan Call’s “Brainchild” CORE IEC Enters Guilty Plea on 4 Counts of Campaign Finance Violations

Hard on the heels of a guilty plea by Colorado Republican Party “Independent Expenditure Committee” (CORE IEC) director and registered agent Tyler Harber to federal campaign law violations in an FEC case, the CORE IEC itself (COGOP Chairman Ryan Call’s “Brainchild” project) entered its own “guilty plea” in a Colorado campaign finance case brought by Campaign Integrity Watchdog. Following months of legal wrangling, highlighted (or lowlighted) by COGOP Chairman Ryan Call’s dodging a subpoena served … continue…

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East Coast Politicians Meddle in Colorado Primaries, Held Accountable for state law violations

East Coast Politicians Meddle in Colorado Primaries, Held Accountable for state law violations Group fronting for RGA (run by Chris Christie) and RAGA (John Suthers on Executive Board), through Mitt Romney-affiliated PAC, violated Colorado campaign finance laws meddling in Colorado’s gubernatorial primary East Coast politicians and special-interest groups meddling in Colorado’s gubernatorial primary election violated Colorado’s campaign finance laws in an ultimately failed attempt to buy the governor’s office in our state. Although it was … continue…

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Pueblo Clerk Pleads Guilty to Four Counts of Campaign Finance Violations

Pueblo Clerk Pleads Guilty to Four Counts of Campaign Finance Violations Gilbert ‘Bo’ Ortiz, Pueblo County’s Clerk and Recorder, pled guilty last month to four counts of violating the Colorado Constitution (Article XXVIII) and the state’s Fair Campaign Practices Act (FCPA) for failures to report campaign contributions and spending, as required by law. Campaign Integrity Watchdog filed a campaign finance complaint on 9 September indicting Ortiz on these violations. Ortiz successfully delayed this case past the … continue…

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