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 reduced penalties.
Campaign Integrity Watchdog, an aggressively non-partisan watchdog organization, filed a campaign finance complaint against the Gardner committee in January; the hearing was held Monday, and judgment entered today.
CIW’s officer, Matt Arnold, stated that, “although the Gardner committee’s many violations are serious, a settlement ensured swift and sure accountability while facilitating rapid conclusion of the complaint without delay.”
In addition to paying reduced penalties for each of the six admitted violations, the Gardner committee was also ordered to return each of four improperly disclosed contributions from lobbyist LLC organizations, and ordered to correct its reports.